New Delhi: Keeping the general elections of 2014 in mind, the government is likely to push for an ordinance on its most ambitious Food Security Bill at the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

According to sources, the government prefers an ordinance instead of bringing a Bill in Parliament as it can reduce the rollout time for the scheme.

The Union Cabinet is expected to clear this on Tuesday, setting up another massive showdown with the BJP, which is opposed to pushing through the landmark legislation without discussion in Parliament and has been demanding advancing monsoon session of Parliament.

Pointing out that BJP is in favour of passing the Food bill with some amendments, party Chief Rajnath Singh on Monday said, "We are ready for a debate on Food Security and Land Acquisition bills. We want these bills passed with some amendments. The monsoon session should be advanced for this."

However, Rajnath opposed brining an ordinance on the issue saying it would be a ‘cruel joke.’

Meanwhile, CPI has also favoured a law on food security but is opposed to the Food Security Bill in its present form, saying it is ‘defective and unacceptable’ and it needs to be amended drastically after a comprehensive debate.

"We are very much for a legislation which will ensure right to food security. We are not opposed to the idea of having a food security law," CPI National Secretary D Raja told reporters in Bhubaneswar.
    
Key UPA ally Samajwadi Party also joined Left parties in expressing reservation over the food security bill, alleging it is ‘anti-farmer’ and will deprive them from getting their proper dues.
    
The proposed Food Bill, which is a pet project of Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi, is aimed at giving legal rights to 67 percent of the population over a uniform quantity of 5 kg foodgrains at a fixed price of Rs 1-3 per kg through ration shops.

The bill could not be passed in the Budget Session that came to an end last month due to disruptions.

(JPN/Agencies)

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