New Delhi: The lackadaisical approach of states to the crucial draft of Food Security Bill has put the Central government into a fix.

With an intention to introduce the bill in the winter session of the Parliament, the government had sent the draft of the bill to Chief Ministers of all the states, but there has been no enthusiastic response from their part.

The Centre has received just six replies whereas the important grain-growing states like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh have not responded to the bill yet.

Food Minister K V Thomas on Saturday met Congress president and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and apprised her of the progress made on the proposed National Food Security Bill.

Thomas informed that despite of the tie-ups with private sector for the construction of warehouses with additional capacity to store 1.51 crore tonnes of grains, the problem will sustain.

Currently due to lack of warehouses, grain is rotting in the open. He briefed Gandhi in this regard and said there has been no initiative from the state food departments.

(JPN/Bureau)