Jean Dreze on mending India’s Food Security Act

In an op-ed article in The Hindu commenting on India’s draft National Food Security Act, Jean Dreze, Visiting Professor at the University of Allahabad, draws on interesting findings from recent Below Poverty Line identification studies by Reetika Khera, Sabina Alkire, and Himanshu, and others. The findings suggest that about 25 to 30 per cent of households in rural India meet simple, transparent and verifiable “exclusion criteria,” such as having a government job, owning a motorised vehicle, or living in a multi-storied house. Professor Dreze goes on to suggest modifications to the proposed framework in response. Read the article in full.