New Delhi, July 27 (ANI): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday termed the Food Security Bill a 'historic legislation', and asked his party leaders to publicise its import to masses.
Gandhi, who met the party's state chiefs to discuss the Food Security Bill, said it was for the first time in nation's history that any government had passed legislation on the people's right to food.
Congress General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi, who briefed mediapersons after the meeting, said Gandhi described the Food Security Bill as a 'historic legislation'.
Food Minister K.V. Thomas was also present in the meeting.
Fourteen Congress-led states are expected to roll out the UPA's food security scheme from August 20, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi had held consultations with chief ministers of all Congress-ruled states on July 13, where she asked them to efficiently implement the food security scheme in "letter and spirit."
The ordinance on the Food Security Bill was signed by President Pranab Mukherjee on July 5, with the aim of providing food grains every month to two-thirds of the nation's population at highly subsidized rates.
Political parties have sharply criticized the promulgation of the ordinance, calling it undemocratic and demanding that the Food Security Bill should be debated in both Houses before being passed.
The bill aims to provide 5 Kg of food grains per person per month at a subsidized rate from the State Governments under the targeted public distribution system. It is set to be the largest food welfare scheme in the world. (ANI)