Innovative ideas and solutions to India’s urban issues
The State had no plan to combat hunger. Authorities capable of verifying voter identity cards in every slum and ghetto in the City, failed to even gauge the scale of food insecurity triggered by the lockdown. The BBMP gave out only 68,000 ration kits whereas NGOs took up a bulk of the task of feeding the hungry. Nobody knows how many went hungry.
Internet-based farm-to-doorstep networks are not new forms of agricultural distribution. Although on a very limited scale, they have proved to be a balm for farmers, at least for the moment. One can only hope that such a model can be scaled up to include more beneficiaries, both on the supply and demand side.