Don’t kill Food Security Act
This is in reference to the report ‘Panel moots smaller food security net, cash transfers’, (January 22). Perhaps, the Modi government is planning to roll back the Food Security Act and roll out the universalisation of some contentious tools of “Modinomics” such as direct cash transfer and biometrics in public distribution system. Various studies have shown that it is not Aadhaar-based “end-to-end computerisation”, or even cash transfera, as recommended by panel, that can reduce the leakage in PDS but it is universalisation of PDS which can check it. But the panel, guided by some predetermined flawed assumptions and misguided philosophy, just subverts the facts. Following the panel’s recommendation, excluding crore of poor from the food security net, is not possible by executive order, because it needs the consent of Parliament. The stalwarts of BJP have strongly advocated for the universalisation of food security act when they were in the Opposition. Now it is time to see if Modi government brings another ordinance to kill the Food Security Act.
Dheeraj Kumar, Ranchi
Realising that the BJP is ruling on its own at the Centre and in seven states, apart from sharing power in two, there is a hectic rush from all strata of the political spectrum to share the spoils by joining the BJP. However, if the saffron party suffers a defeat in the Delhi Assembly polls, the same turncoats will be the first to start a mass exodus; perhaps returning back to their original homes. From that point of view, the national capital polls assume a lot of significance. All eyes are, therefore, on February 10, 2015, the day of declaration of the results.