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Rationale of Food Security for Inclusive Agricultural Growth in India
A close perusal of the 12th five year plan reveals that ‘groups of people’ and ‘types of growth’ are very crucial for faster, more inclusive and sustainable growth of Indian economy. Inclusiveness means to include the excluded segments of Indian society meaning there by care of the cared less (not care less) and use of the used less (not use less) man power.
It hardly needs any justification that ‘Food Security’ is necessary and sufficient condition for inclusive growth to include every Indian as a consumer of food in qualitative and quantitative dimensions. For this great cause, definitely agriculture sector has an important role to play but sadly suffers from risks and uncertainties of weather and market. In spite of this, food grain production is 250 million tonnes at present which is necessary but not sufficient to implement   FAO norms of 440 grams food grains per person per day. Every consumer is a victim of inflation and corruption of various kinds with bitter experiences of bad governance at all levels of operation in the Indian economy. The villain number one for Indian agricultural growth (IAG) is the Food Corporation of India (FCI) which was wrongly conceived for creating buffer stocks in the name of food security. Instead of FCI, if the storage capacity with the farmers at villege level could have been created, the story would have been entirely different. Still we need to rectify ourselves in the direction of storage capacity.

There is  a strong case for smart choice between quality and quantity, good and bad ,guaranty and warranty, small or big or both among all the stake holders including consumers, producers, distributors, traders , bureaucratic innovators, policy makers, planners and politicians both in power and opposition.

We have to recognize our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats with speed breakers of all kinds in implementation of the plans and programmes.

We have to understand, analyze, and interpret the challenges (old or new) in right perspectives. Water for all practical purposes including irrigation calls for “rain harvesting” which is capable of facing floods, water logging, droughts and declining water table.

For marking food security as a reality without its politics, there is a strong case for the balance in food production and distribution on the one hand and population on the other.

We need to identify the risks involved in food security caused by changing environment of climate change. There is a strong case for patenting ‘Jugad Technology’ which is unique for the survival of weak and meek farmers and entrepreneurs.

Every possible effort need to be made for exclusion errors in a transparent manner with concrete plan of action instead of lip service for the victims. Let us learn from South Korea’s’ Samuel Model with sufficient evidences of success through proper monitory and evaluation in addition to good governance as SMART (Simple Moral, Action Orientated, Responsive and Transparent) management. Let us come out of the vibration mode to normal mode in the modern language of information technology which has certainly converted the world in to ‘Global Village’ and not ‘Global City’ and proves the merits of village in terms of relationship management.

The author is a Professor of Economics & Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra (Haryana). 

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