Cabinet may discuss food security ordinance on Thursday

Published: 13th June 2013 08:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th June 2013 08:26 AM   |  A+A-

The Centre is likely to take up on Thursday a proposal to promulgate an ordinance on food security.

The Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on June 4 could not take up the draft ordinance for its consideration owing to procedural delays.

Sources said the draft ordinance on food security is part of the Union Cabinet meet agenda on Thursday.

Despite the criticism from the Opposition for taking the ordinance route instead of having a proper discussion in Parliament, the government is set to go ahead with the ordinance.

A brainchild of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the proposed Food Security Bill aims at giving legal rights over a uniform quantity of 5-kg foodgrain at a fixed price of Rs 1-3 per kg through ration shops to 67 per cent of the population in the country.

The UPA Coordination Committee that met last week had discussed various options to get the Bill through. After the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath had said that all options were open before the government.

The entire Opposition is against the ordinance route and wants the government to prepone the Monsoon Session of Parliament so that a proper discussion on the Food Security Bill could be held.


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