Revised Food Security Bill to be tabled in Budget Session
Bhubaneswar: The Union Government is going to table the revised National Food Security Bill in the upcoming Budget Session of Parliament for consideration and passage.
“We intend to present the revised Bill in Parliament in the forthcoming Budget Session and therefore this is last opportunity for consultation before finalising the Bill. I look forward to hear your views on recommendations of the Standing Committee and seek active cooperation in successful implementation of the Food Security Act”, Prof K.V Thomas, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, said today at the meeting comprising all states food ministers in New Delhi while having final round of consultations.
He said that the States have to play a very crucial role in path-breaking initiative and urged them to strengthen Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) including intermediate storage facilities at all levels.
The Bill, to provide food security for all in a rights based manner, is being finalised in the light of recommendations of Parliamentary Standing Committee, he added.
State Food Ministers’ meet has been called by the Centre to have final consultations on the Bill in the light of re recommendations of the Standing Committee.The National Food Security Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in December, 2011 and thereafter was examined in detail by the Parliamentary Standing Committee.