Famine Deaths Writ
PUCL Rajasthan Campaign Update
Thank you for reading this report and supporting the Right to Food Campaign.
We should spare no effort in ending the shame of mounting food stocks
amidst widespread hunger. The Supreme Court's interim order of 28 November
2001, which converts the benefits of all nutrition-related schemes into
legal entitlements, is an important step forward. The court is now considering
the demand for a nation-wide "employment guarantee programme".
The next hearing is scheduled for 19th March 2002. Meanwhile a growing
number of individuals and organisations have taken up the issue and initiated
a wide range of advocacy activities. The Right to Food Campaign is gathering
Day of Action on April 9
The campaign will be taking a new turn on 9 April with an "action
day on mid-day meals", to demand the immediate provision of mid-day
meals in all primary schools. Among the organisations and networks that
are already gearing up for this day of action are Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti
(BGVS), FORCES, PUCL, Centre for Legal Action and Committee for Legal
Aid to Poor (CLAP, Orissa), Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (Rajasthan),
Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, and many local organisations in Madhya Pradesh,
Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Delhi, Chhatisgarh, and Jharkhand.
This being a decentralised campaign, the activities to be taken up on
9 April are largely a matter of local initiative. As of now, they include:
* Spreading information and awareness through pamphlets, posters, debates,
seminars, media events, etc. * Raising the issue in State Assemblies *
Children's rallies and other demonstrations, from the block level to the
national capital. * A "people's mid-day meal" organised with
community support, and other symbolic events * Agitations outside (if
not inside) FCI godowns * ... and the list goes on and on.
Hopefully, this initial
action will pave the way for more sustained activities later on, focusing
not only on mid-day meals but also on other aspects of the right to food
and work. We are looking forward to your active involvement in this campaign
for the right to food. Do write to us for further information or to let
us know of any activities being planned in your area.