Gondia (Maharashtra): BJP leader Kirit Somaiya said that the Food Safety Bill proposed by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government is nothing more than a vote catching took for Congress. He also expressed concern over wastage of food grains in the country.
    
Because of negligence on the part of the Government, food grains worth Rs 58,000 crore go waste in the country every year. There is a lack of planning and adequate storage facility for food grains, he said.
    
"It's very unfortunate that at on one hand, kids are dying of malnutrition in tribal areas of Maharashtra and on the other, paddy stocks worth crores are lying in the open. Who will take the responsibility for this?" he asked.
    
"The proposed Food Safety Bill of Congress is their Vote Safety Bill in real sense. A government unable to prevent loss of foodgrains worth crores every year is talking of food safety for the poor. They should first make efforts to create adequate storage space for food grains," Somaiya said.
    
The landmark legislation, proposed by UPA aims at giving legal right over a uniform quantity of 5 kg food grains at a fixed price of Rs 1-3 per kg via ration shops to 67 percent of the population. Main Opposition BJP has said it supported the Food Bill in principle.

(Agencies)

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