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With reference to the editorial How to digest this welfare (Our Take, December 20), it is very sad that even after 60 years of Independence and various pro-poor schemes, we have to legislate a new Bill to ensure food for the poor.

india Updated: Dec 22, 2011 23:24 IST

The food Bill will not be enough, strengthen the delivery system
With reference to the editorial How to digest this welfare (Our Take, December 20), it is very sad that even after 60 years of Independence and various pro-poor schemes, we have to legislate a new Bill to ensure food for the poor. While thousands of poor people go to bed hungry every day, the Food Corporation of India storages are overflowing with grains. The sad part is that we don't even have proper methods of storing them. Across the world, governments are using new materials to package and store grains. Instead of coming out with another fancy and expensive scheme, the government must first invest in the storage of grains and improve our leaky delivery mechanism.
Ramachandran S, via email

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Jean Dreze in Hunger must go (Decem-ber 22) rightly mentions that the government should ensure food for all. But the old delivery mechanisms will not work. Instead, India should opt for food coupons to ensure leak-proof delivery of foodgrains. However, it is doubtful whether a single food security architecture for the nation would be effective since we have different procurement systems in different states.
Devraj, via email

No more a tourist haven
This refers to Rajdeep Sardesai's article Goa, Goa, gone? (Beyond The Bite, December 16). The author's analysis of Goa is spot on. Recently, I took my family on a short holiday to the state and expected it to be a relaxing one. It was not. We were appalled to find that it is not a state with golden beaches and swaying palm trees. The beaches are filthy and are dotted with shady shacks. Leave alone foreigners, even Indians would not feel safe and secure in the state.
Ashok Goswami, Mumbai