Right to food must be constitutional: QK Ahmad says at a public hearing


On 8 March 2015, National Human Rights Commission, Governance Coalition, an NGO and Oxfam jointly organized a discussion meeting on Right to Food and Social Safety Net at CIRDAP auditorium, Dhaka. The key calls of the discussions were to enact a legislation on right to food and to adopt rights based social safety net programs. PKSF Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmadspeaks on food security in the discussion meeting.

The right to food should be enshrined in the constitution as a fundamental right, said speakers at an event yesterday.They also suggested formulation of a law on the right to food to ensure food security in the country.

He said some middlemen are controlling markets to increase prices of food items and added that the government should stop such activities of the syndicates to ensure the right to food.

Food Minister Qamrul Islam, PKSF Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, BLAST Honorary Executive Director Sara Hossain, Oxfam Country Director Snehal Soneji, Associate Editor of the daily Samakal Ajoy Dasgupta and expert on right to food Nadia CS Lambek also spoke at the event.

Source: Daily Star, March 08, 2015

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