Many gaps in NFS Bill, 2011: Naveen

Bhubaneswar: Differing with the Centre`s National Food Security Bill- 2011, Odisha government today pointed out "many gaps" in the proposed legislation in order to achieve objectives of the food security rights for poor people. The state government has strongly objected to the manner of entitlement of food grains by the priority households and general households.

While the Bill provides that priority households should get 7 kg per head at the rate of Rs 1 (coarse grain), Rs 2 (Wheat), Rs 3 (rice), the general households to get only 3 kg per head at the rate not exceeding 50 per cent of the MSP (minimum support price) for wheat and coarse grains.

"As the basic objective of the Bill is to provide food security, the general households should also have an entitlement of 7 kg per head instead of 3 kg per head which is quite low at the rate of 100 grams of food grains per day," Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a letter while responding to the state`s stand on the proposed National Food security Bill, 2011.

Patnaik also strongly objected to the proposition that the Central government would fix the poverty ratio in consultation with the Planning Commission without involving the state. "It is a clear violation of the federal structure envisaged under our Constitution," he said in the letter.