Patna: Bihar government on Thursday charged the Centre of finalising Food Security Bill without consulting state governments and pointed several lacunae in the draft legislation which needs to be addressed before hand.

The Bill is expected to come up in Parliament in the coming budget session. Bihar government's views on the National Food Security Bill, 2011 was expressed by Food minister Shyam Rajak on Wednesday in a meeting on the bill presided over by Union Food minister K V Thomas in the national capital.

Emerging from the meeting, Rajak said that the bill will not yield desired results unless and until these short comings are addressed before hand, official sources said here. He claimed that Bihar's views got support from states like Assam, Odhisa and Gujarat, among others at the meeting.

Rajak's comments came two days after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Food bill. "The negative aspect of the Food bill is that under it the Centre has the power to decide the plan and choose beneficiary families as per the process suggested by it... the state governments have no say except for bearing cost for implementation of the legislation," Rajak claimed.

The Central government is hurrying up with the bill without assessing the additional financial requirement and from where it would come, the Bihar Food minister said, adding, this would put extra financial burden on states. The Bihar minister raised 24 points to highlight lacunae in the draft of the bill.

(Agencies)

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