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Cabinet to consider ordinance on food security bill today

Amid talk of a special session of Parliament on the Food Security Bill, government yesterday said all options are open on the issue.

Show-cause notices to 30 coal block allottees next month

Planning Commission Member Abhijit Sen Monday termed it exaggeration, the likely huge rise in government's subsidy burden on account of implementing the proposed National Food Security Bill, as suggested in some quarters.

Food Security Bill estimates subsidy of Rs 1.23 lakh cr

Implementation of National Food Security Bill (NFSB), aimed at providing legal entitlement to food to around 67 percent population, is likely to cost the exchequer around Rs 1.23 lakh crore, Government said Monday.

Food Bill may be passed in budget session

The food bill is expected to give right to food to around 67 percent of India's 1.2 billion population.

SC suggests doing away with fair price shops under PDS

Favouring the idea of doing away with private fair price shops for food grains distribution under PDS system, the Supreme Court on Friday asked the government to explore a mechanism to put in place the recommendations of the National Food Security Bill (NFSB) till it becomes a law.

Food Bill needs more debate to plug loopholes: CACP chief

A discussion paper co-authored by CACP chief Ashok Gulati has exposed lacunae in the Food Bill and suggested further debate on long-term feasibility of the Congress' big-ticket social welfare programme.

Par panel to submit report on Food Bill in Winter Session

The Parliamentary panel examining the National Food Security Bill, which aims to provide legal right to cheaper foodgrains to 63.5 percent of the country's population, is looking at submitting its report during the forthcoming Winter Session.

Coverage under Food Bill to go up to 70% of population

The government has decided to expand the scope of Food Bill to cover about 70 percent of the country's population under the ambitious programme to provide them legal right to highly subsidised foodgrains.

PM to discuss changes in Food Bill Wednesday

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called a meeting tomorrow to consider uniform legal entitlement of subsidised foodgrains to 67 percent of the country's population under the National Food Security Bill.

'India's Food Bill can set example for rest of world'

India's proposed National Food Security Bill has the potential to become a benchmark for the rest of the world to follow, the NGO Oxfam India and UK-based Institute of Development Studies (IDS) has said.

Par panel seeks more time to study Food Bill

The Food Bill, which is a pet project of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and was part of the promises made in 2009 general elections, was referred to the Parliamentary committee in January. The panel was asked to submit the report by April.

Leakages to be plugged before food security implemented

The government wants to plug leakages in the public distribution system (PDS) before it implements the ambitious National Food Security Bill and has asked states to complete the process of computerisation of data on beneficiaries by October this year.

Parl panel seeks more time to study Food Bill

A Parliamentary committee on food, which is studying the National Food Security Bill, has sought more time to analyse and prepare a report on the proposed law that aims to give legal right to cheaper foodgrain to 63.5 percent of the population.

Govt plans to implement Food Security Bill by year-end: Thomas

The government on Wednesday said it plans to implement the National Food Security Bill by the end of this year.

Food Bill implementation to entail Rs 1.12 lakh crore subsidy

Implementation of the National Food Security Bill will entail a subsidy of a whopping Rs 1.12 lakh crore, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister K V Thomas informed the Rajya Sabha Monday.