I agree that restructuring the Integrated Child Development Scheme would serve no purpose. The benefits of the welfare schemes of the government never reach the targeted group thanks to the bureaucrats who corner most of the money allocated for such schemes through bribes and embezzlements, etc. and fill their coffers. There is also no chance of getting the scheme moving given the present breed of politicians and bureaucrats in the country.
This 64 per cent who go to sleep on hungry stomach actually fall outside the ambit of the tremendous progress achieved in industrial sector because they are either dependent on agriculture where there has been hardly any progress or they are people in the unorganised sectors like rickshaw pullers, small vendors, etc.
So, the first and foremost task of the government is to treat agriculture as industry and corporatise it and thus increase the purchasing power of the people dependent on agriculture. With regard to the condition of the people in the unorganised sector, they would continue to languish because of competitiveness and their huge population.
We cannot expect to feed our teeming millions unless we control our population. With the gradual conversion of the agricultural land into residential, commercial and industrial complexes, we can provide food security for a limited number of people only and certainly not for the huge population, which is added to our population every year (the size of the whole population of Australia).
Therefore, besides industrialising agriculture, there is an urgent need to control the population. Both these steps are hard to take but if our governments of the day show no concern in this regard. Very soon we are going to have anarchy because a hungry man knows no rules and is liable to become a Naxalite for the sake of bread and butter.