Consensus in NAC on food security, says member
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Last Updated: Monday, January 10, 2011, 21:03
New Delhi: Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC) on Monday reached a consensus on the final framework of the draft food security bill that aims to make legal entitlement of foodgrains to the poor.

"We have reached a consensus on the final framework of the Food Security Bill," a NAC member said on condition of anonymity.

The draft bill is expected to be made public within 10 days.

The NAC discussed its earlier recommendation of covering 75 per cent households across the country under legal entitlement for providing subsidised foodgrains.

A predominant view in the meeting was that the final recommendations be supported with more analytical content and the Working Group on Food Security was asked to revise its note on the subject for consideration at the next meeting on January 21.

Voicing concern over the exclusion of domestic workers from the purview of the Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill, the NAC sought amendments to certain clauses of the draft legislation.

"Given the fear of reprisal, which routinely prevents women from coming forward to seek protection against sexual harassment at the work place, the safeguards provided to them by this Bill are weakened by the inclusion of Clause 14 (Punishment for false or malicious complaint and false evidence), which might deter victims from seeking protection of the proposed legislation," the NAC said in a statement.

The NAC also decided to constitute a Working Group of its members to evolve an integrated and holistic approach to provide safeguards and security to domestic workers.


First Published: Monday, January 10, 2011, 21:03

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