Poor in India Starve as Politicians Steal $14.5 Billion of Food – Bloomberg

Ram Kishen, 52, half-blind and half- starved, holds in his gnarled hands the reason for his hunger: a tattered card entitling him to subsidized rations that now serves as a symbol of India’s biggest food heist.Enlarge image Day laborers move sacks of rice at the Uttar Pradesh state warehouse in Mishrikh in Uttar Pradesh, India. Photographer: Sanjit Das/BloombergEnlarge image A caretaker exits the closed fair price store of Satnapur Village in Uttar Pradesh, India. Photographer: Sanjit Das/BloombergEnlarge image A day laborer walks past piles of covered grains outside the Uttar Pradesh state warehouse in Mishrikh in Uttar Pradesh, India. Photographer: Sanjit Das/BloombergEnlarge image Sangathin activist Surbala Vaish in Satnapur Village, Uttar Pradesh, India. Photographer: Sanjit Das/BloombergEnlarge image Locally elected politician Anoop Gupta in Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh, India. Photographer: Sanjit Das/BloombergKishen has had nothing from the village shop for 15 months. Yet 20 minutes’ drive from Satnapur, past bone-dry fields and tiny hamlets where children with distended bellies play, a government storage facility five football fields long bulges with wheat and rice. By law, those 57,000 tons of food are meant for Kishen and the 105 other households in Satnapur with ration books. They’re meant for some of the 350 million families living below India’s poverty line of 50 cents a day.Instead, as much as $14.5 billion in food was looted by corrupt politicians and their criminal syndicates over the past decade in Kishen’s home state of Uttar Pradesh alone, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

via Poor in India Starve as Politicians Steal $14.5 Billion of Food – Bloomberg.

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