Dr Devender Sharma

It is not a coincidence. The State-level expert committee headed by nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar, which gave clearance for field testing five genetically modified (GM) crops in Maharashtra, did so while releasing a report on ‘Global Status of Biotech Crops’ by the international GM industry lobby group, ISAAA.

It is not a coincidence. The State-level expert committee headed by nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar, which gave clearance for field testing five genetically modified (GM) crops in Maharashtra, did so while releasing a report on ‘Global Status of Biotech Crops’ by the international GM industry lobby group, ISAAA.

'Any meaningful food security programme should aim at gradually reducing the number of hungry dependent on government support,' says Devinder Sharma.
'This is only possible if the government had looked at the entire issue in a sincere manner.'
'I don't think at any stage the government was honest in its approach. It had simply worked and reworked the Food Security Bill keeping the 2014 election in mind.'

There is so much of hype and expectation from the proposed National Food Security bill that I have begun to fear for the hungry millions.


Although Prime Minister Manmohan Singh termed malnutrition a national shame, it appears as if only the legislators and the parliamentarians are the ones who are affected. A day after the Prime Minister released a survey report that stated 42 per cent children below the age of 6 yrs are malnourished; the Andhra Pradesh Assembly gave a hefty hike in salaries and allowances, and provided swanky SUVs to its legislators. The salary of AP minister will increase from Rs 70,000 to Rs 2 lakh, and the monthly allowance for MLAs will rise from Rs 36,000 to Rs 90,000.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh projects FDI in retail as a boon for the agricultural sector. Unfortunately, if you examine the realities, it will spell a death knell for farming. It will be the beginning of an end for Indian farmers.

It has happened in the United States. Ever since big retail - dominated by multi-brand retailers like Wal-Mart - entered the market, farmers have disappeared, and poverty has increased. So has hunger. Today, not more than 700,000 farmers remain on the farm in America. Poverty has grown, and hunger has broken past 14-years record.