It won’t be easy to implement the food security law across India
The Chapra tragedy, in which 27 school children lost their lives after eating contaminated food served as part of the mid-day meal scheme, should be seen in a larger context that points to the government’s inability to implement and monitor a pan-India scheme. In this context, one shudders to think of how the food security Bill will be implemented across the country. Governmental neglect is of serious concern here as the food security Bill is also mainly meant for the poorer sections of society.
SP Sharma, Mumbai
With reference to It’s all that is not fit to eat (Our take, July 19), the fatal turn the government’s mid-day meal scheme in Bihar’s Saran district took is an indication that food storage is not monitored and that the food prepared is not checked before being given to children. Without providing all schools with adequate storage facilities this shortcoming cannot be addressed. The government, both at the Centre and at the states, should be more on the job and not take a laid-back approach because this relates to very poor people.
Devendra Khurana, Bhopal
Make the perpetrators pay Hearing a PIL filed in 2006 by acid-attack victim Laxmi, the Supreme Court ruling making acid attacks a non-bailable offence and ordering all state governments to pay Rs 3 lakh to the victims is welcome. Though no amount of compensation can mitigate the hardship of the acid victims, the apex court’s observation is a relief. To stop the attacks, further to restricting the sale of acids, stricter punishments should be meted out to those who commit such acts of brutality. The attacker should be made to pay for the treatment and the upkeep of the victim throughout his life.
KV Seetharamaiah, Hassan
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