March 21st, 2012
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National Food Security Bill by year-end: Food Minister

KV-ThomasNew Delhi: The Government said it intends to roll out the proposed National Food Security Bill by this year-end. The Parliamentary Standing Committee seeks to provide legal entitlement over subsidised foodgrain to 63.5% of the country’s population. “We intend to implement the Food Security Bill by the end of December, 2012,” Food Minister KV Thomas told media personnals. The proposed Bill, endowing a legal right of up to 75 per cent of rural population and 50 per cent of urban population, provides for mandatory supply of foodgrains at subsidised rates.

Every person belonging to ‘priority’ household would be entitled to receive seven kg of foodgrains a month and every ‘general’ category person would be entitled to not less than 3 kg of grains. The Bill provides for supply of rice at Rs 3 per kg, wheat at Rs 2 per kg and coarse cereals at Re 1 per kg to ‘priority’ households.

The country seems to have enough foodgrain to meet the requirement under the proposed bill as well as exports till 2014, he added. Thomas said the Food Ministry has started the process of framing rules for execution of the Bill, which is expected to be passed in the next session of Parliament. The Ministry has already initiated steps to modernise the PDS. The government godowns are overflowing with grain. India is looking at bumper foodgrain production of 250.42 million tonne in the 2011-12 crop year (July-June), which includes 102.75 million tonne rice and 88.31 million tonne wheat.


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