Parliamentary panel for Food Bill wheat guarantee at Rs 2, rice at Rs 3 to all beneficiaries
At present, below poverty line (BPL) families effectively get 7 kgs of wheat and rice at Rs 4.15 and Rs 5.65 per kg per month, respectively.
In the Food Security Bill, the government had proposed to change this by giving 7 kg of wheat and rice to a person at Rs 2 and Rs 3 per kg. Non-BPL families, as per the Bill, were to get 3 kg of foodgrain at half of the government fixed minimum support price which translates into about Rs 7 per kg for wheat and Rs 10 kg for rice.
Parliamentary Standing Committee, headed by Congress leader Vilas Muttemwar, in its report submitted to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, suggested drastic changes in the Bill by seeking that all entitled beneficiaries be provided 5 kg of wheat and rice per month at a uniform rate of Rs 2 and Rs 3.
The recommendations of the House Panel are generally not binding on the government. The government may however decide to accept the changes proposed as these suggestions match its own re-thinking on implementation of the ambitious scheme.
If accepted, the recommendations will benefit the general population in both price and quantity, while BPL member will get lesser quota than what was