STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

Food Security in India: Evolution, Efforts and Problems

Col. (Dr) D.P.K. Pillay, SC is Research Fellow at IDSA New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
T.K. Manoj Kumar IAS, is Additional Secretary, Warehousing Development & Regulatory Authority, Department of Food and Public Distribution, Government of India.
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  • November 2018
    Volume: 
    42
    Issue: 
    6
    Articles

    This article examines India’s efforts to achieve food security. It traces the problem, from the inadequate production of food grains during colonial times, to the challenges of procurement, storage and distribution of cereals in post-independence India, after achieving self-sufficiency in food production. The establishment of the Public Distribution System (PDS) and its evolution into the Targeted PDS and the National Food Security Act are outlined. The role of the Food Corporation of India and the efforts to improve it, are discussed. A critical analysis of India’s food security system is made in light of present day problems.

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