New Delhi: In a bid to check misappropriation of foodgrain and prevent starvation deaths in the country, medical students of AIIMS have proposed to establish a ‘food casualty department’ across all districts on the lines of ‘casualty department’.

The proposal has been outlined to prevent misappropriation of the five million tonnes of foodgrain distributed by the Central government to the BPL families.
 
The initiative will be taken up with the joint efforts of Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University students who will help students of AIIMS in setting up the ‘food casualty department’.

The proposal of the project which has been named as ‘The Human Rescue Team’ will be sent to the Planning Commission for its approval.

Team’s central coordinator Dr Ashu said, “After defining the layout of the project, the details will be handed over to the Planning Commission for further communications.”

“Before sending it to the Planning Commission a demo will be held at a village on the Haryana-Delhi border near Badarpur to check its implementation and effectiveness,” he added.

In the first phase, the focus will on 100 poorest districts across the country. Toll-free help line numbers will be issued in every district for the helping the needy. Information regarding people who are famishing due to poverty can be given at these numbers.

As soon as the victims are identified by the food casualty team, food grains will be distributed among them.

JPN/Bureau