Discussing the delay in passing the Food Security Bill in Lok Sabha in the Monsoon Session, Digvijay Singh said that government legislations which have public interest at their core should be of foremost importance to the BJP, but isn't.
"If the Bharatiya Janata Party allows Parliament to run, the Food Security Bill will be passed. The Bharatiya Janata Party has only one objective that is to ensure that the decisions taken in public interest, in the interest of the poor labourers, are not passed in the Parliament. That is their only aim," Singh said.
"In Parliament, they are not ready for discussion. Why don't they have debates with us on why the rupee is falling? We will present our side and they should bring forth their solutions, as well. However, they do not come forth with anything. They ask, where are the files? The CBI is investigating the matter, they will look for the files," he added.
The Monsoon Session has been marked with repeated disruptions and premature adjournments in both Houses since the start of the Monsoon Session.
On Tuesday, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi launched the Food Security Scheme in Delhi.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who rolled out the United Progressive Alliance's ambitious Food Security Scheme here on Tuesday, said the Central Government will ensure that the right people get the benefits and that there are no flaws in the distribution process.
Gandhi, who launched this scheme in Delhi on the occasion of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's 69th birth anniversary, said the nation still has people who don't get food to eat, and added that children suffer from malnutrition.
"We have to be responsible for lives of the poor and that is why the Food Security Bill was introduced. So, now we have legally ensured food for the poor of the country," she added.
Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister K.V. Thomas had introduced the National Food Security Bill in Lok Sabha earlier this month to replace the National Food Security Ordinance, 2013 which was promulgated on July 5.
The National Food Security Bill is a historic initiative for ensuring food and nutritional security to the people. It gives a right to the people to receive adequate quantity of foodgrains at affordable prices.
The Bill has a special focus on nutritional support to the poorest of the poor , women and children. In case of non-supply of foodgrains, the deprived will get a food security allowance.
The Bill also provides for grievance redressal mechanism and penalty for non -compliance by a public servant or authority.
Under the plan, the government will sell subsidised wheat and rice to 67 percent of its 1.2 billion population.
--ANI (Posted on 21-08-2013)