Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Monga

Monga doesn't just happen in north Bengal. It has spread to other parts of the country.
It has hit millions with a vengeance this year. A deadly combination of heavy floods and the usual ‘lean’ season has pushed the poor over the edge. Can we still pretend that people do not starve to death in Bangladesh? Monga occurs each year in the period after crops are sown and up to the harvest.
Poor people go hungry because they cannot buy food. They need money. The best way is definitely not the photo-opportunity distribution of ‘relief goods’.
It is better to provide jobs.
Could we not plan major food-for work or even money-for-work programmes to build infrastructure in the rural areas. The present party became famous for digging canals in the 1970s. Can they not do something similar again?

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