New Delhi: While the Government is unable to provide cereals to poor and to fulfill its commitment over Food Security Bill in the current Parliament Session, it has expressed its willingness to do so if it comes to power again. In view of this fact, the Government has decided to resolve the differences of opinion between the Rangarajan Committee and the National Advisory Council.

The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) is set to meet on Thursday next week to resolve the issues to give a final shape to the Food Security Bill.

The NAC suggests providing 35 kg food grain at Rs 3 per month to the weaker sections under the Food Security Act, while the Rangarajan Committee has expressed its strong disagreement over the issue. The Committee has advised to cut down the present quantity from 35 kg to 25 kg as there was no sufficient stock available in the country.

It is due this conflict that the Government has not been able to formulate the Food Security Act and has forwarded a fresh proposal to EGoMs for consideration.

On the other end, the EGoM, in its meeting to be held on March 17, may come forward with its decision on the sugar export which has been put on hold temporarily.

According to representatives, the industry is under crisis due to low costs in the domestic market as compared to the escalating production cost. The Agricultural Ministry and industry associations have estimated sugar production over 2.45 crore tonnes in the current season and believes that the domestic demand will remain stable and will not surge ahead.

The Government, in the wake of rising inflation had banned export of 5 lakh tonnes sugar last month. The representatives of sugar industry have submitted a report to the Ministry stating the demand and supply figures and have also mentioned the increasing problems being faced by the farmers who are ill paid at Rs 150 per quintal by sugar mill owners.

(JPN/ Bureau)