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Indian Government Deserves Praise For Food Security Bill

“To legislate food as a right for every citizen in a country is a bold step for our nation, and with 810 million people expected to benefit from the biggest program in the world to fight hunger, we hope that no child will ever go to bed hungry again,” Jayakumar Christian, national director and CEO of World Vision India, writes in a Devex opinion piece. The Food Security Bill, approved by India’s lower house of Parliament this week, “is a great opportunity to move from responding to hunger to addressing malnutrition,” he states and discusses the logistics of food distribution under the bill. “Every Indian has to be free from hunger and malnutrition,” Christian states, concluding, “The government has to be commended for giving the nation this very important right — a law that will ensure that children … have a right to live their lives to the fullest” (8/29).