Food for security

Print edition : September 20, 2013

Congress president Sonia Gandhi coming out of Parliament House after a discussion on the Food Bill in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on August 26. Photo: vijay verma/PTI

A tribal woman buying subsidised rice at a fair price shop under the Public Distribution System in Rayagada in Odisha. The Food Security Bill proposes to cover 75 per cent of the rural population and 50 per cent of the urban population under the Targeted Public Distribution System as a single category with a uniform entitlement of 5 kg of foodgrains per person every month. Photo: Manish Swarup/AP

Left party supporters at a rally demanding food security to all and "no to cash transfer", in New Delhi on February 26. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

The Lok Sabha passes the National Food Security Bill after incorporating several amendments, but the timing of its introduction is seen as aimed at gaining “electoral security”.
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