Sonia Gandhi-headed National Advisory Council to meet in Delhi

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 21, 2011 11:00 hrs

The National Advisory Council (NAC), headed by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, will meet here on Friday evening to discuss the Food Security Bill, Right to Information and tribal rights.

With respect to Right to Information, the Council had recommended deletion of some of the RTI rules proposed by the government stating that they were 'legally wrong".

The agenda concerning the Food Security Bill will also be discussed in today's meeting.

The NAC had recommended 75 per cent coverage of the population in two phases, with 90 per cent rural and 50 per cent urban population included.

The recommendations were disfavored by the Rangarajan expert committee, which went into proposals suggested by the NAC.

On the proposed food security bill, the C. Rangarajan Committee favours legal entitlement of subsidised food grains to the poor (below the poverty line), but has rejected the National Advisory Council's recommendation that above the poverty line (APL) households be partially covered, saying it is not feasible at the current levels of grain production and procurement.

The issues concerning tribal rights will also be discussed in the meeting among other issues. (ANI)

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