Puducherry: The UPA government was working on
a bill on Right to Food in keeping with the plan of Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh and the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi,
who were keen to ameliorate the lot of the poor and the
have-nots, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Monday.
The government`s aim was that none should face pangs of
hunger and the proposed bill was yet another revolutionary
measure after the Right To Work and Right to Information Acts,
he told a public meeting near here, virtually launching ruling
Congress` campaign for the assembly polls due in May.
The meeting was organised by the DPPC to highlight the
achievements of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre
and in the Union Territory.
The food bill was keeping the next generation in mind and
was not aimed at the next elections, he said. "The welfare of
the next generation is governing the underlying spirit of the
Right to Food legislation," he said.
The Centre was implementing the Mahatma Gandhi Rural
Employment Guarantee Scheme at an investment of Rs 40,000
crores annually, he said adding this was a "revolutionary
measure" evolved by Sonia Gandhi to ensure that there was
guaranteed job for the rural folk.
He also said as on March 31 last year as many as 20 lakh
students were provided educational loans to the tune of Rs
36,000 crore across the country.
Chidambaram, a former Union finance minister, said the
country was headed for re-achieve nine per cent economic
growth rate shortly.
He urged party workers to work relentlessly to retain the
faith the people reposed in Congress.
In a veiled dig at former chief minister N Rangasamy, who
had quit the Congress and the MLA post recently, he said if
one left Congress "one would only stand deprived of identity
Former Puducherry Health Minister V Pethaperumal, who was
the President of Janata Dal, joined Congress in the presence
of Chidambaram at the public meeting.