The bill, hailed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the "most important" legislation during the current Monsoon session, will be taken up for debate along with a statutory resolution moved by opposition members disapproving promulgation of an ordinance in this regard. RTI Act Amendment Bill in LS today (Agencies)
Being seen as a 'game changer' by the Congress in the Parliamentary elections scheduled next year, the bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday after government rejected apprehensions that it would impinge upon the rights of states.
Food Minister K V Thomas had introduced the fresh bill after withdrawing an earlier one along with the ordinance which was promulgated on July 5.
Moving the National Food Security Bill, 2013, which promises to give right to the country's 80 crore people to get 5 kg of foodgrains every month at Rs 1-3 per kg, Thomas had said there is nothing in it against the states.
AIADMK had opposed introduction of the bill saying it is against the Constitution and federal system.
For implementing the bill, the subsidy burden would be Rs 1.30 lakh crore and foodgrains requirement would be 62 million tonnes annually. As per the provisions of the bill, beneficiaries would get rice at Rs 3/kg, wheat at Rs 2/kg, and coarse grains at Re 1/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 a maternity benefit of Rs 6,000 in installments. Children upto 14 years would get free meals.
In case of non-supply of foodgrains, states will have to pay food security allowance to beneficiaries.
A Bill to amend the Right to Information (RTI) Act to keep political parties out of the ambit of the transparency law will also be tabled in the Lower House of the Parliament on Monday.
The Bill will be introduced by Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions V Narayanasamy.
The Union Cabinet had on August 1 cleared a proposal to amend the RTI Act to give immunity to political parties. The Cabinet’s decision had come nearly two months after the Central Information Commission’s (CIC) order to bring six national political parties -- Congress, BJP, NCP, CPI-M, CPI and BSP -- under the purview of RTI Act.
The bill, hailed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the "most important" legislation during the current Monsoon session, will be taken up for debate along with a statutory resolution moved by opposition members disapproving promulgation of an ordinance in this regard.
RTI Act Amendment Bill in LS today