All options open on food bill: Congress

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 20:51

New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday kept up the suspense over reports that the government may pass an ordinance on food security saying "all options are open" and blamed BJP for non-passage of the bill in this regard in the Budget Session.

"Congress` stand is very clear. The party is committed to provide food security to 80 crore Indians. What will be its format and procedure are being decided. It is in the process. All options are open before the government in this regard," Minister of Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari told reporters.

He also castigated BJP for foiling the government`s "revolutionary" bid to provide food security to people through disruptions in the last session only for sake of "cheap popularity".

At the AICC briefing, party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed also said that the bill could not be brought in the last session of Parliament due to the "obstructionist tactics" by Opposition BJP.

He, however, declined to comment on whether the party will prefer an ordinance route to implement the law saying it was for the government to decide whether to bring an ordinance, bring a bill after calling a special session or bring it normally in the next Monsoon session.

NDA has opposed the idea of ordinance saying this route should be adopted only under extraordinary circumstances and the government should not be "stubborn" on the issue.

BJP has maintained in the past that it supports the need for a Food Security Act but certain provisions of the pending bill on the issue need to be amended.

Sources say that there are some apparent differences even within the UPA over the ordinance route for the bill.


First Published: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 20:51

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