November 9th, 2011
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EGoM approves revised food security bill

revised food-security bill New Delhi: The empowered group of ministers (EGoM) headed by Pranab Mukehrjee approved the redrafted National Food Security Bill which was drafted by the Food Ministry last week. The Ministry has done away with the provision that insisted on states to modernize the Public Distribution System (PDS) to avail the benefits of the Bill. It has also included universal coverage of pregnant and lactating mothers and the provision of nutritious food to them instead of just food as per the recommendations of the NAC.

The bill seeks to provide 75 percent of rural households and 50 percent of urban households with a proposed monthly entitlement of 7kg food grain per person, at 3 rupees per for rice, 2 rupee per kg of wheat and 1 rupee per kg for grains. Minimum 3 kg shall be provided to the general category. Rupees 1000 shall be provided to pregnant and lactating mothers for a period of 6 months. It also provides the legal right to take home ration/ meal to women, children, special groups, including destute and homeless, emergency and disaster affected persons living in starvation.

The revised Bill will cost the government exchequer an additional of 40,000 crore added to the existing provision of 63,000 crore.


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