"BJP will not oppose the Food Security Bill in the Parliament. We will support it," Singh said.

The Bill, hailed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the "most important" legislation, proposes to give the country's two-third population the right to highly-subsidized food.

He said that it was unfortunate that Congress had been unable to remove poverty in the country even after being in power for so many years. "The poor are not poor because of their own misfortune, but because of the misgovernance of the UPA," he said.

As per the provisions of the Bill, beneficiaries would get rice at Rs 3 per kg, wheat at Rs 2 per kg and coarse grains at Re 1 per kg. These rates would be valid for three years.

Every pregnant woman and lactating mother would get free meal during pregnancy and six months after child birth. They will also get maternity benefit of Rs 6,000 in installments. Children up to 14 years would get free meals. In case of non-supply of food grains, states will have to pay food security allowance to beneficiaries.

(JPN/Agencies)

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