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It is well- doc­u­mented that even un­der PDS, many BPL fam­i­lies trade sub­sidised grain for cash and use it to buy what they need. Un­der the new bill, this is likely to be per­pet­u­ated. There will be no change in the nu­tri­tional sta­tus of ben­e­fi­cia­ries. There has been no at­tempt to pro­vide nu­tri­tional se­cu­rity, as dairy, oils, pulses, sugar, fruits and veg­eta­bles are ab­sent in it. Ac­cord­ing to food pol­icy ex­pert Biraj Pat­naik, “That other so­cial de­ter­mi­nants of mal­nu­tri­tion, like ac­cess to safe drink­ing wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion and qual­ity pri­mary health­care are not ad­dressed, will en­sure that while the bill will ad­dress hunger, it won’t make a dent on mal­nu­tri­tion.”

Ex­pand the bill to in­clude greater va­ri­ety of food items to en­sure there is diet variation and fo­cus ex­tends be­yond calorific re­quire­ments.

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