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New Delhi: The government is likely to give a legal right to food to both priority and general categories of the population under the proposed National Food Security Act, as suggested by the Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC).
There were differences between the NAC and the Rangarajan Committee on giving a legal right to food to general category, or above poverty line (APL) families.
While the NAC had suggested giving a legal cover to both the priority (below poverty line, or BPL) and general categories, the Rangarajan Committee was not in favour of giving such a right to the ‘general’ population due to supply constraints.
“There is no difference of opinion for priority category.
The differences are on general category. NAC is saying give legal entitlement, while the Rangarajan committee is saying no legal entitlement for the general category.
“Now the view of the UPA government is that everybody should be entitled,” Food and Consumer Affairs Minister K V Thomas told PTI in an interview.
Thomas noted that the draft bill of the proposed Food Security Act is ready and is likely to be placed this week before the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) for approval.
“The draft Bill is ready now. I don’t say it is in line with NAC or not. But it is in line with what is in the mind of Madam Sonia Gandhi,” he said.
“The principle of Sonia Gandhi is that every citizen of the country should get legal cover toward a certain quantity of nutritious food, not simply food grains,” he shared.