When the UPA government brought Food Security Bill, BJP had felt that the coverage of 67 per cent population under it was too high but did not oppose then because of the fear of being branded "anti-poor", a senior party leader said here on Thursday.
Lashing out at the Bihar government for tardy implementation of the Food Security Act in the state, the BJP on Friday claimed about 15 per cent beneficiaries have not been issued fresh ration cards to avail subsidised foodgrain.
Omar Abdullah was non-committal today on giving any deadline for implementing the Food Security Act as the new law will not include the entire poor people in the state who are at present covered under the current PDS mechanism.
Taking note of the angry exchanges between ruling JD(U) and BJP legislators during discussion on Food Security Act in the Assembly, an all-party meeting has been called to avoid such a situation in the future for smooth functioning of the House.
Bihar government on Thursday said all new applications for ration cards will be disposed of by July 31 to clear decks for providing food-grains to all eligible beneficiaries in Bihar under the Food Security Act.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday slammed the SP-led UP government over non-implementation of Food Security Act in the state, saying the state government was "depriving" people of the benefits of the scheme.
The Maharashtra government has appointed vigilance committees to keep a close watch on unloading and distribution of foodgrains for the smooth implementation of Food Security Act in the state which was launched on February 1.
A day after Congress attacked the Uttar Pradesh government for its "inability" to implement the food bill, the Samajwadi Party-led regime Thursday hit back and asked the Centre to bear the entire expense of the scheme.
An expert committee set up by the
PM suggested that 50 per cent of rural and
30 per cent of urban households be entitled to subsidised
foodgrain under the proposed Food Security Act, which is more
than recommended by the NAC.