Posts Tagged ‘Economics’

Let’s start with history of Midday meal Scheme

People do not want to know history and some might already know how it all started, but a bit background is always better to understand what event in past triggered Midday Meal scheme in India. History of Midday Meal scheme goes back to 90 years when in 1923 corporation school in Madras (Chennai) started providing cooked meal and was introduced in large scale in 1960 by then Chief Minister K. Kamaraj in Tamil Nadu. Here is an interesting story directly taken from wiki about the scheme inception:

There is an interesting story about how K. Kamaraj got the idea of a noon meal scheme. He saw a few boys busy with their cows and goats. He asked one small boy, “What are you doing with these cows? Why didn’t you go to school?” The boy immediately answered, “If I go to school, will you give me food to eat? I can learn only if I eat.” The boy’s retort sparked the entire process into establishing the midday meal programme. Continue Reading more!

Flagship scheme (Food Security Bill) of Congress towing the lines of socialism and another populist scheme to gain votes in the coming 2014 general election. The problem with the flagship schemes is that flag is waved by party to project the scheme as success but in reality ship is marred by heavy corruption and inefficiency. Political parties simply do not want to look through the issue or rather problem at hand, which is purchasing power and employment, needed by person either in town or city to purchase the goods of his/her needs. Parliament was jammed and ruckus was created on the corruption issues, which is forte of government, but none of the political leader actually wanted a debate on the point that why food security bill (FSB) is needed and how it will create corruption. They wanted a debate on implementation of the scheme but the problem lies with the inception itself, when government allow ELIGIBLE household; 5kg food grain per person per month. The monster in waiting is the failed Public Distribution System (FDS), which will open new black market of food grain like kerosene in the current scenario. It is not rocket science to understand from procurement till distribution everything will have corruption as it is free money to procure, accounting can be tampered and in distribution (FCI) it will be given through ration cards, which is already suffering from heavy corruption. Babus and bureaucrats at the top will take away their share, which is a known facts even though government will deny it, and in middle market middleman and government agent will take their share and finally the local ration unit will eat away as much as he wants. The actual beneficiaries for whom the scheme is launched will be suffering from the hunger and poverty as before and only the handful on people will get benefitted. These handful of people will become cheerleaders for the government phony schemes and will help in propagate the lies that populist schemes actually helps the poor but in reality it never helps the poor. Continue Reading more!