a large section of people suffer from food and nutrition insecurity in India, the
worst affected groups are landless people with little or no land to depend upon,
traditional artisans, providers of traditional services, petty self-employed
workers and destitutes including beggars.
ii) In the
urban areas, the food insecure families are those whose working members are generally
employed in ill-paid occupations and casual labour market. These workers are
largely engaged in seasonal activities and are paid very low wages that just
ensure bare survival.
SCs, STs and some sections of the OBCs (lower castes among them) who have either
poor land-base or very low land productivity are prone to food insecurity.