Joining issue with his arch-rival and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on price of rice in the Food Security Bill, DMK president M Karunanidhi on Sunday said the Centre had given an assurance in this regard not only in Parliament, but the Union Cabinet has also accepted them.
As the Sheila Dikshit Government rolled out the food security scheme with much fanfare, Delhi BJP on Tuesday held a protest here alleging that it would lead to "drastic reduction" in foodgrains allocation to the poor.
The performance of six states including Haryana, UP, Bihar and West Bengal has been unsatisfactory in construction of godowns for foodgrains storage through private participation, the Food Ministry has informed the PMO.
In a setback to Food Security Bill, considered as the world`s biggest welfare prog, many of the states differed on the quantity of subsidised grain to be supplied and the number of beneficiaries to be covered under the scheme.
A Parliamentary Committee on Thursday suggested monthly legal entitlement to 5 kg of foodgrains per person at highly subsidised rates to 67 per cent of country`s population under the UPA government`s ambitious Food Security Bill.