STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Bhawanipatna, 5 December
A workshop on food security and livelihood policy held here stressed on providing assured livelihood to tribals and other marginalized sections in the Food Security Act.
“The workshop specifically focused on the tribal and marginalized section of the population and on the need for ensuring assured livelihood as a goal towards ensuring food security,” said a participant.  Several NGO activists and senior government officials attended the two programme organised by Kalahandi Swechhasebi Sangathan (KSS) in collaboration with CASA and Odisha Khadya Adhikar Abhiyan. 
 In the interface programme, it was opined that food security and livelihood should be inter-linked and there should be provision in the Food Security Act regarding assured livelihood, sustainable agriculture practices, preparing ground for value addition in the minor forest products and minor agriculture products grown mostly in the hilly region to enhance income of the dependents.  “The participants emphasized that traditional food values and practices of forest dwellers should be honoured so that food security for them can be guaranteed. Food security does not mean only distribution of rice or wheat. There should be a holistic approach so that nutritious and supplemented food with adequate calories should be ensured to all,” said a member of the KSS. 
Besides, proper public distribution, people should be guaranteed with assured livelihood, he added. 
The state advisor to the Commission of Supreme Court on Right to Food Mr Rajkishore Mishra and NGO representatives Mr Pranab Bhoi, Mr Satya Pattnaik, Mr Bharat Thakur and Mr Ashok Pattnaik spoke on the occasion.