The National Food Security Bill, which seeks to provide heavily-subsidised food grains to two-thirds of India`s 1.23 billion people, has now become an Act after President Pranab Mukherjee’s assent on Thursday.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday kicked-off his party`s campaign for the upcoming Assembly election in Delhi by enlisting the benefits of the UPA government`s flagship Food Security Bill.
Inflation hits the poor hardest and they are at the receiving end of soaring food prices. We can’t control price rise in general. But, we will ensure that the poor get food grains at a subsidised rate.
Criticising the UPA government for not bringing in a full proof Food Security Bill, CPI(M) politburo member Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Wednesday said the bill would not provide food to each and every poor of the country.
No nation can work on an empty stomach. Realising this fact along with the fact that a large number of people are not able to get two square meals a day, the government has taken up a near impossible mission.