New Delhi: The Ministry of Finance has given its consent for the amendments to the Food Security Bill and nodded for green signal to present the draft bill in the Cabinet meeting for approval.

The two major changes in the bill include, keeping an option open for supplying more than 3 kg of subsidised foodgrains to general households and Rs 1000 per month to women who are breastfeeding their infants.

Addressing a press conference, Food Minister KV Thomas said, “The cash-handout of Rs 1,000 per month for six months to lactating women would be extended to the entire country instead of 52 districts.”

Earlier in July, the EGoM on Food had cleared the draft National Food Security Bill, which seeks to provide a legal entitlement to subsidised foodgrains to 75 per cent of the country's rural population and 50 per cent of urban India.

The implementation of the new bill will add on extra burden of Rs 1 lakh crore on the exchequer. Presently, the subsidy on food is Rs 70,000 crore.

JPN/Bureau