"The deadline for implementation of the National Food Security Act expires on July 4. Mamata Banerjee has written a letter demanding that it be extended by six months. We have extended it for three months," Paswan said.

"We are ready to give all assistance. But we want that the act is implemented properly throughout the country for the people," he said.

The Centre on June 26 decided to give an additional three months to state governments to implement the National Food Security Act that gives two-thirds of the country's population the right to subsidized food grains.

The decision was taken at a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

(Agencies)

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