New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): The Congress-led UPA government is expected to table its landmark Food Security Bill in Parliament today.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla today said: "We will try our level best to get the Food Bill passed, because by this legislation, we are going to provide cheap food grain to 83 crore people of this country. We will make every effort to get this bill passed."
On Monday, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath and Food Minister KV Thomas reportedly met Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who has termed the Food Bill "anti-farmer".
The UPA Government needs the support of Mulayam Singh Yadav's 22 MPs during the vote.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said it would suggest some amendments in the Food Security Bill before getting it passed in both houses.
The Left Front had earlier moved a resolution opposing the Bill, which has been supported by the AIADMK-led by J. Jayalalithaa.
K.V. Thomas earlier on August 7 introduced National Food Security Bill in Lok Sabha today to replace the National Food Security Ordinance, 2013 which was promulgated on July 5.
The National Food Security Bill is a historic initiative for ensuring food and nutritional security to the people. It gives right to the people to receive adequate quantity of foodgrains at affordable prices. The Bill has special focus on nutritional support to poorest of the poor, women and children.
In case of non-supply of foodgrains now people will get Food Security Allowance. The bill provides for grievance redressal mechanism and penalty for non compliance by public servant or authority. (ANI)