'Malnutrition due to improper food'

'Malnutrition due to improper food'

Basic facilities available is inversely proportional to increase in population in India

Vice Chancellor of Davanagere University S Indumathi opined that per capita income of Indians should not be decided by considering creamy layer of society, rather last person should be taken into account.

She was addressing a gathering at valedictory of ‘planning forum’ of economic department of University of Mysore here recently. She said: “The per capita income is decided according to the education, empowerment and discrimination of people.

Availability of basic facilities is inversely proportional to increase in population of our country.”

She regretted that two among three kids are suffering from malnutrition. Though there is a considerable increase in food production and storage in India, people are deprived of proper distribution of food. “Food production was 51 million tonne in 1950, while in 2009-10 it is 218 million tonne.”

While on one hand, health related problems are increasing among people, medical facility becoming costlier, is on the other hand is depriving people of medical treatments.
“Government undertakings are decreasing with increase in globalisation, privatisation and liberalisation,” she added.

She opined that during the times when research and success of economics was restricted to developed nations, it was economist Amarthya Sen who won Nobel Award in 1998 that brought a new value to Indian economics.

Indumathi said that in 1950, ‘development’ became a part of economical studies.
Along with political independence, economical independence is necessary for a country’s development.

She stressed that poverty, inequality and illiteracy are main hurdles in way of progress. “Development should not be measured by bigger buildings and broader roads.
“Economists say that it should be measured by considering lack of availability of resources to people. India has a mixed economic system.”

Head of economic department of University of Mysore D S Leelavathi and convener Navitha Thimmaiah were present.

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