Par panel to examine Food Security Bill next week

New Delhi: The landmark Food Security Bill, that gives legal right to cheaper foodgrains to 63.5 per cent of the country's population, will come up for scrutiny by a Parliamentary panel next week.

The ambitious social legislation strongly pushed by Congress President Sonia Gandhi has faced stiff opposition from some state governments as well as key UPA ally Trinamool Congress.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution will formally take up the bill for its consideration on January 23.

The Bill, introduced in the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session, was recently referred to the Committee by Speaker Meira Kumar.

The Committee, headed by Congress MP Vilas Muttemwar, will elicit the views of various political parties and representatives of the civil society before firming up its views on the subject.

It seeks to provide food and nutritional security by ensuring access to adequate quantity of quality food at affordable prices to people to enable them to live a life with dignity.

The bill proposes to provide people eligible under the priority category a monthly allotment of 7 kg foodgrains, comprising rice, wheat and coarse grains, per person. Rice will be provided at Rs 3 kg, wheat at Rs 2 and coarse grains at Re one.