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Cabinet may approve changes on Wednesday to the food bill

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 16:00

New Delhi: The Cabinet is likely to grant approval on Wednesday for certain amendments that had been made to the National Food Security Bill.

"The Cabinet meeting is scheduled for tomorrow. The proposal on amendments to the National Food Security Bill, 2013 is on the agenda of the meeting," said a source.

On August 28, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had approved around nine amendments to the bill without Cabinet nod. Now that the food bill has been passed in Parliament, the Food Ministry is seeking ex-post facto approval of the cabinet for the same amendments, sources said.

Amendments included coverage of existing foodgrain allocation to states and extending implementation time of the Act to 365 days from 180 days and among others.
Last month, Parliament passed the food law to give 67 per cent of the population the right to subsidised foodgrains.

Each eligible person would get 5 kg foodgrain per month at Rs 3 per kg of rice, Rs 2 per kg of wheat and Re 1 per kg of coarse cereals through the state government under the public distribution system.

First Published: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 16:00

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