New Delhi: The much-awaited Food Security Bill is all set to get delayed as the Central government put it on record on Friday that it would introduce the Bill in the Parliament by the year-end.

It was widely expected that the Bill would be presented in the Parliament in the ongoing Monsoon Session.

On Friday, Food Minister, KV Thomas during discussion on Food and Social security Bill in Rajya Sabha informed that the bill will be presented in the Parliament in this year itself as discussions are being held with state governments and different ministries.

During the discussion, JD(U) member NK Singh presented Private Member Bill where  Parliamentarians raised questions on the definition of poor and counting of  people living below poverty line.

He questioned the provisions of the Bill stating that there is nothing new in the existing Bill as section 41 and 47 of constitution contain the power related to food security.

Expressing concern over the condition of poor in the country, he questioned that if provisions under Constitution are not being implemented then how will the Food Security Bill help the poor.

BSP member Veer Singh, JD(U) member Shivananad Tiwari  and BJP member  Prakash Javdekar and others who participated in the discussion claimed that the Food bill will not be effective if loopholes in Public distribution system are not rectified.

Taking part in the discussion, BJP member SS Ahuwalia raised question on spurt in population, scarcity of land availability and increasing poor count. The parliamentarian suggested making amendments in the Land Use Change for utilizing infertile land for industrialization.


JPN/Bureau