New Delhi: Food Minister KV Thomas on Thursday virtually ruled out bringing an Ordinance on the National Food Security Bill and favoured discussion on the proposed legislation in the coming session of the Parliament.

"We have various options and the same were discussed with the Law Minister. My opinion is that Ordinance is not feasible. I understand the Law Minister has the same opinion," Thomas said after meeting Law Minister Kabil Sibal on the Food Bill issue.

"Let us have discussion in the Monsoon session of Parliament. I hope to see the passage of the Bill," he said.     

The government had tried to get the Food bill passed in Lok Sabha in the recently-concluded Budget session. The debate on the proposed legislation could not be concluded amid din. The Bill was introduced in December 2011 in the Parliament.

The Food Bill aims to give legal right over a uniform quantity of 5 kg foodgrains at a fixed price of Rs 1-3 per kg via ration shops to 67 percent of the population. The annual food subsidy will increase to Rs 1.2 lakh crore from the existing Rs 85,000-90,000 crore after implementation of the proposed law.

(Agencies)

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