It is quite heartening to see widespread hunger while some of us are fortunate enough to afford much more than just basic necessities. In the words of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, ‘The service of India means the service of the millions who suffer. It means the ending of poverty and ignorance and disease and inequality of opportunity.’ Quite true, but how do we ensure that fruits of development reach the needy and no one is left behind?
Today, one out of every four Indians goes to bed empty stomach. This is gross and shameful for us. As per the FAO, India lags behind when it comes to meeting the Hunger Reduction Targets. In as many as 10 states 40% of children are undernourished. One may come across tons of such reports that point towards abysmal nutrition standards in our country. What needs to be done here and how we can reduce such embarrassing numbers?
Fight Hunger First Initiative
Years of inadequate planning and woeful implementation of badly structured plans notwithstanding, we need to have a revolutionary approach. Fight Hunger First Initiative, which is targeted at ensuring nutrition and food security for the rural poor, is one such step in the right direction. Started in 2011, it is aimed at improvement in access of rights and entitlements announced by the Central and State Governments. At MGF Trust we are trying to do our bit by helping the poor and needy get access to education and employment opportunities so as to improve their general well being.