Co-existence of Widespread Hunger and Right to Food Impact of Withdrawal of Welfare State on Malnutrition Among Children in Karnataka

Darshana Mitra, Mohammed Afeef, Vinay Sreenivasa, Narasimhappa TV


The conditions of nutrition among children in Karnataka, despite steady improvements, raise several concerns over the tendency of the State to abdicate its constitutional responsibility of upholding the right to food. This paper will present findings that demonstrate the unsatisfactory standards of implementation by the State government with respect to food distribution schemes and locate the reasons thereof in a trend wherein the State is deliberately minimising its role in welfare. The slow death of the welfare state formally and substantially is manifested in the increasing role of private entities in food distribution, reluctance to grant minimum wages, convenient short cuts in distributing nutrients and government apathy to the working conditions of workers responsible for food distribution.

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