Parliamentary panel for Food Bill wheat guarantee at Rs 2, rice at Rs 3 to all beneficiaries
On cash transfer of food subsidy, Muttemwar said the committee felt that cash transfer in lieu of foodgrains entitlements at this juncture may not be desirable.
It has recommended that banking infrastructure and accessibility to banking facility should be made available throughout India before introducing cash transfer.
Considering the demand from States for universal coverage, the Committee recommended that they should be given the flexibility to extend the coverage beyond this bill to cover more population out of their own resources.
"simple and fair way of setting state-wise exclusion ratio should be prescribed in a transparent manner so as to retain the existing coverage of population".
Stating that allocation to some states may fall from current level, the panel has suggested that the Centre should protect states' quota through executive orders.
On the issue of sharing of expenditure between the Centre and the states, the committee has recommended that the states can be divided into three categories -- A, B and C -- based on their financial performance.
The Centre may provide financial assistance to the extent of 50 per cent to Category B and 75 per cent to Category C for one time capital expenditure to be incurred on creation of infrastructure, constitution of state food commission, upkeep and creation of storage space, etc, it added.
The Food Ministry should consult