Food Security Bill likely to be taken up for discussion in Lok Sabha today

Last Updated: Mon, Aug 26, 2013 04:40 hrs

The Food Security Bill is likely to be taken up for discussion in Lok Sabha on Monday.

The government has not been able to take up the Bill in the House till now due to repeated din and disruptions because of which several days of the Monsoon session have been lost.

However, the Bill might be headed for another roadblock after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said that the AIADMK will vote against it.

She said the Bill in its present form does not help Tamil Nadu and most of her demands had not been accepted by the Central government.

Food Minister K.V. Thomas earlier on August 7 introduced National Food Security Bill in Lok Sabha today to replace the National Food Security Ordinance, 2013 which was promulgated on July 5.

The National Food Security Bill is a historic initiative for ensuring food and nutritional security to the people. It gives right to the people to receive adequate quantity of foodgrains at affordable prices. The Bill has special focus on nutritional support to poorest of the poor, women and children.

In case of non-supply of foodgrains now people will get Food Security Allowance. The bill provides for grievance redressal mechanism and penalty for non compliance by public servant or authority. (ANI)

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