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    The background feature of famine can be broken into following and compiled:-

    Worst drought in the century, river beds/and rain water storage tanks all going dry have resulted in an unprecedented crop failure threatening the country with worst food shortage in living memory (Shots to depict this sequence are found in rolls 2, 3, 5, 8.)

    Added to the above are outmoded agricultural practices and poverty: (For this please see coverage from Mr. Ravi Varma Raja from Madras and shots as a man pulling water from a deep well in Roll 1 of my coverage)

    To fight the distress of farmers in areas worst hit by drought and termed as famine areas...the Indian government has started famine relief works. These are utility works which will be of held to farmers. These relief works provide the farm families with purchasing power to buy food in from the market. (Shots for this sequence will be found in rolls 3, 4, 5 and COMMAG SOF Roll 6. In this roll tow Sub Divisional Officers speak to the camera explaining the situation and works)

    If the corps have failed and even if people are provided with money where do they buy food from? Here US aid is playing a vital role. Massive US wheat aid brings into the market much needed food which the farmers can buy: (For this please see coverage of Mr. Tampi from Bombay shows US wheat being unloaded)

    In the drought hit areas several families have started moving out towards their relations in better areas---animals are also being moved out---camels and cattle can be seen grazing in areas which should have been having crops: (Shots for this will be found in rolls 1, 2 and 5.)

    To make maximum use of available food supplies and to distribute them evenly the government has introduced rationing in most areas. (For this please see roll7-???Delhi rationing

    Additional relief worked such as giving food to school kids in Kerala to avoid undernourishment are also being carried out:(Please see Mr. Ravi Varma Raja's coverage already in London)


    Sorry! couldn't provide you wild tape as recorder broke down some sof is there to liven the story.
    Special notes: There are shots of a child in cradle by the work site and the mother pushing the cradle sing in Roll 4. FOOD SITUATION SO FAR IS FIRMLY UNDER CONTROL THOUGH WORST MONTHS WILL BE MAY AND JUNE AND JULY. The government is confident that no one man may die of starvation. Recently riots hit Kerala where quantum of rice was reduced evenly distribute available food

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