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The last day of September was the final deadline set by the central government to implement the National Food Security Act (NFSA). On paper, after seven earlier postponements, the Jharkhand government crossed this milestone by a whisker. This ambitious food law promises two of every three Indians subsidised food grains all through the year. In Jharkhand 86% of the rural population is legally entitled. But the ground reality of pervasive hunger in the drought-affected districts of a state with the second highest levels of malnutrition continues to be bleak.