New Delhi: The ambitious Food Security Bill of the UPA government is all set to get delayed as Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has raised pertinent questions regarding surplus availability of food grains in the country.

The draft National Food Security Bill has provisions of food distribution among the BPL families; the bill lacks clear provisions regarding procurement of such food grains.

Pawar has written to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding the issue. PM has instructed Food Minister KV Thomas to hold parleys with the Agriculture Minister on the issue.

Thomas has met Pawar twice in the past one month. Thomas met Pawar on Tuesday to discuss the changes in the bill.

The important challenges of food availability and supply came up for discussion. However, no conclusions were arrived in the meeting.

Pawar has mentioned in his letter to the PM about the years when the agricultural productivity were low due to natural calamities like floods and droughts. He mentioned that the government will face serious problems in providing subsidies to the BPL families as 60 percent of the land is un-irrigated.

In his speech on Independence Day, PM mentioned about agriculture productivity and agricultural production as important factors for implementing the Food Security Act.

(JPN/Bureau)