New Delhi: The Sonia Gandhi-led National
Advisory Council has sent to the Government the draft Food
Security Bill which seeks legal food entitlements to 90 per
cent rural and 50 per cent urban households.
The draft Bill was sent on Thursday to the government
which is expected to take a view and present it to Parliament.
The Bill seeks to create priority and general categories
in rural and urban areas and issue to them appropriate ration
cards to enable them to receive food grains at the rates
applicable to them.
The Bill proposes that at least 46 per cent of rural and
28 per cent of urban households become `priority`
beneficiaries, who should get rice at Rs 3, wheat at Rs 2 and
millets at Rs 1 a kg.
It urges the government not to increase these rates for a
minimum period of ten years from the date of notification of
The rest of the beneficiaries would get a minimum of four
kg of foodgrains per person per month at half the minimum
support price for the year offered to farmers while buying
The Bill proposes creation of a National Food Commission
and State Food Commissions to oversee the implementation of
the Act. These Commissions would have powers of a civil court
to hold enquiries.
It also states that fair price shops for the delivery of
subsidised food grains should be set up within 3 km of a