December 22nd, 2011
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National Food Security Bill tabled in Lok Sabha

KV-ThomasNew Delhi: The government tabled in the landmark National Food Security Bill, 2011 in Lok Sabha. Food Minister K V Thomas introduced the bill that seeks to provide cheaper foodgrain to over half of India’s 1.2 billion population and ensure that people “live a life with dignity”.

The bill is to “to provide for food and nutritional security by ensuring access to adequate quantity of quality food at affordable prices”. The bill will ensure people of India get “to live a life with dignity” said Thomas. The Bill has been sent to the Standing Committee.”We will be fulfilling our commitment to the people made in the manifesto in 2009 general elections and reiterated by President Pratibha Patil while addressing the joint session of Parliament in June 2009,” he added.

The Union cabinet gave the green signal to the food security bill on December 18,2011. The bill seeks to provide subsidized food grains to 75 percent of the rural population and about 50 percent of urban households.

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