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One Nation, One Ration - but millions of people in India are going hungry

Around 134 million Indians live on less than $2 a day – and they need to eat

One Nation, One Ration - but millions of people in India are going hungry

Around 134 million Indians live on less than $2 a day – and they need to eat

One Nation, One Ration - but millions of people in India are going hungry

Around 134 million Indians live on less than $2 a day – and they need to eat

One Nation, One Ration - but millions of people in India are going hungry

Around 134 million Indians live on less than $2 a day – and they need to eat

This is the worst hunger India has faced in two decades. The “One Nation One Ration” system is not enough.

The effects of last year’s national lockdown and the ongoing economic crisis – on top of the health crisis throughout the country – have been devastating for millions. Many have lost their jobs. Others are still working but not getting paid, as employers have been unable to afford it.

It’s impossible to find clear and reliable data on just how much the pandemic has exacerbated the food crisis, but there is no doubt that it has become much worse. The testimonies of workers at ration centres are evidence enough: “This desperation for food and the long lines for rations in families with two wage earners is unprecedented,” says Aditi Dwivedi, who works with migrant communities in Delhi.

These days, some of the people standing in line to collect their rations are from middle-class, educated families. Some of them are from households where both parents work. Before the pandemic, most of them were getting by; the last year has pushed them to the brink of starvation.

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