It is quite dismay that state governments are not much keen on the proposed Food Security Bill. According to the Union Food Minister, only 4-5 states have shown their interests towards the Food Security Bill. Some of the states, where there is an urgent need to ensure food security for the downtrodden and the poor, did not even bother to give any comment in this regard. The slackness of state governments regarding the Food Security Bill indicates that they simply express their concerns regarding different issues and confine their responsibility to take swipe at the Central establishment. Recently there has been a controversy over the Planning Commission’s affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, mentioning that Rs 32 in urban areas and Rs 26 in rural areas as per capita per day expenditure for determining the cut-off for families below the poverty line. Even state governments objected to this proposal. But the moot question is, why have the state governments showed their apathy towards the Food Security Bill? Going by the indifferent attitude of state governments, it seems unlikely that the Bill could be passed in the winter session of the Parliament. State governments must learn that scores of people are struggling for two square mills. The rising inflation has compounded their misery. Notwithstanding the cold response of the states on the Food Security Bill, which has been prepared by Sonia-led National Advisory Council, is quite surprising.

The fact remains if public distribution system is worse in most of the states, then the local administration is only responsible for that. With the support of state governments, the Centre will be able to arrange foodgrains for the poor and the downtrodden. The states have also duty to help the Centre for storage of foodgrains. The state governments cannot shrug off their fact responsibility when lakhs of tonnes of grains got perished in absence of proper storage. This is not possible that the Centre should be held responsible for every itsy-bitsy issue. It would be wise that both the Centre and state governments should work together to ensure food security for the poor and downtrodden. If state governments do not shed their lax attitude towards the Food Security Bill, it can be informed that their commitment for the welfare of the poor and downtrodden is simply vacuous.