New Delhi: Differences over Food Security Bill in Central Government are likely to prevent it from being tabled in the upcoming monsoon session of Parliament. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will first meet National Advisory Council (NAC) Chief Sonia Gandhi in this regard and then only the bill would be given a final shape in the meeting of Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM).

Recently, both Agriculture and Finance Ministry had raised several objections to the draft proposal of Food Security Bill, which were accepted and suitable amendments were made. But the government has yet to meet the challenge of accepting the recommendations made by Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC).

According to sources, the recommendations of NAC have already been rejected by the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC), headed by C Rangarajan. Terming the NAC recommendations ‘appropriate but difficult to implement’, PMEAC said the proposals could not be put into action.

Food Minister Kevin Thomas has already discussed the draft with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to give it a final shape after getting directions from the Prime Minister.

Notably, storage and supply of necessary food items within deadline and decision of giving Rs 1 lakh crore food subsidies have emerged as key setbacks in drafting the proposal. In addition to these, NAC’s recommendations are making it more difficult for the government to give the draft a final shape.

JPN/Bureau