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Engaging people in right to food and work litigation (PLA 43)

According to the 1993–4 official estimates, 244 million people are below the poverty line in rural India alone, and there are very high levels of casual employment at very low wages. Hunger is widespread, especially in drought-affected areas, and many cases of starvation deaths are reported across the country.

India has huge food surplus stocks while many people live in abject poverty. In this paper the author looks at ways of addressing this disparity through making food and work an entitlement for the poor and marginalized, and documents the campaign that led to a Supreme Court directive.

This article was published in PLA 43: Advocacy and Citizen Participation. Participatory Learning and Action (PLA, formerly PLA Notes) is the world's leading series on participatory learning and action approaches and methods. PLA publishes articles on participation aimed at practitioners, researchers, academics, students and activists. All articles are peer-reviewed by an international editorial board. See: www.planotes.org

This article was published in PLA 43: Advocacy and Citizen Participation (February 2002).
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