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‘Food Bill likely to be tabled in Parl in Dec’

The proposed National Food Security Bill aimed at providing foodgrains at subsidised price to the poor is likely to be introduced in Parliament by December this year.



Chennai: The proposed National Food Security Bill aimed at providing foodgrains at subsidised price to the poor is likely to be introduced in Parliament by December this year, Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food KV Thomas said pm Thursday.
The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) had approved the
draft Bill which was now before the Law Ministry, he told
reporters here.

"Once that is done, it has to go to the Cabinet. We will
also discuss with the Chief Ministers, because they are the
implementing agency...then it has to go to the Parliament."
Thomas, here to inaugurate a CII conference, said.

"What I propose is to introduce the Bill by this December
so that it can be implemented from next year", he said.

The draft Bill, UPA II`s flagship project aimed at making
provision of food support to people facing hunger a duty of
the state, had earlier been approved by the National Advisory
Council headed by the coalition chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Earlier, addressing the conference "Building Warehousing
Competitiveness - The key to logistics success", Thomas said
the government was planning to create a special purpose
vehicle to undertake studies of food grain storage handling
and transportation.

PTI

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