Food Bill: NAC member questions delay, lists out constraints
"The bill was first tabled in Parliament in 2011. I am deeply disappointed that its fate hanged in balance for past two years. There was no need to wait for two years and this period could have been utilised to address a number of major policy constraints that will continue to pose hurdles even when the law comes in force," N C Saxena said.
The National Advisory Council (NAC), an advisory body that gives suggestions on country's policy issues, played an important role in drafting of the legislation.
The Cabinet yesterday approved changes to the Food Security Bill to grant the nation's 67 per cent population the right to get monthly quota of 5 kg foodgrains at highly subsidised rates of Rs 1-3 per kg. The government intends to get the revised bill passed in the current session of Parliament that ends on May 10.
Saxena, who was appointed by the Supreme Court as Food Commissioner on issues related to food security, said the bill, in its current format, is different from how it was suggested by the NAC and there are various hurdles in the fight against hunger which have to be addressed.
Listing out some of the challenges, he said
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