NGOs seek Mrs Gandhi to intervene in FSA

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New Delhi, Oct 22: To make the Food Security Act(FSA) more effective, a group of experts and public interest groups have sought strong intervention of National Advisory Council(NAC) chairperson Sonia Gandhi as they are nearing the crucial meeting to focus on this act.

In a letter to Mrs gandhi, the civil society groups wanted that the proposed legislation should include provisions to address concerns in the critical areas of food availability, food access, food absorption, and appropriate food.

The expert also felt that the much-awaited legislation should focused on giving free food to the most marginalised sections, leaving the task of identifying the poor families with the local governing bodies.

CARE India, a humanitarian organisation working in India since 1950 has just completed India's largest nutritional project covering 2.4 lakh villages in 100 districts targeting 16 million mothers and children, has mustered the support of other stakeholders under the banner of National Food Security Watch. The roports were also detailed in the letter to Mrs Gandhi, said Dr Muhammad Musa, Country Director CARE India.

“We strongly urge the Government to especially focus on the most excluded and the most vulnerable in the National Food Security Act so that the underlying causes of poverty can be addresses instead of just its symptoms," said Alka Pathak, Chief Advocacy and External Relations Officer, CARE India.

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