Food Security Bill to address problems of hunger, malnutrition: Chidambaram

Jaipur, July 16 : Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday said the Food Security Bill will address the problems of hunger and malnutrition and it will be the first issue to be discussed in the monsoon session of Parliament.

Addressing a press conference here, Chidambaram said all political parties who believed that hunger and malnutrition should be addressed will support the bill.

He further said that almost all state governments are ready to implement food security.

Replying to a query on the need for issuing an ordinance, Chidambaram said the same was promulgated only after consulting the opposition. He also said that the BJP was not speaking in one voice on food security.

The ordinance on Food Security Bill was signed by President Pranab Mukherjee on July 5, with the aim of providing foodgrains every month to nation's two-third population at highly subsidized rates.

Political parties have sharply criticized the promulgation of the Ordinance, calling it undemocratic and demanding that the Food Security Bill should be debated in both Houses before being passed.

The Food Security programme when implemented will be the biggest in the world with the government spending estimated at one lakh 25 thousand crore rupees annually.

The Food Security Bill was tabled during the Budget Session of Parliament, but could not be taken up for discussion because of opposition-led disruptions of proceedings arising out of scam-related allegations.

The Food Security Bill is aimed at giving legal rights to 67 percent of the population for a uniform quantity of 5 kg food grains at a fixed price of Rs 1-3 per kg through ration shops.

--ANI (Posted on 16-07-2013)

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