Launching the law in four districts of Bihar, the Chief Minister said beneficiaries would get 5 kg of rice and wheat at a price of Rs 3 and Rs 2 respectively. (Agencies)
The ambitious Food Security law would cover around eight crore population of Bihar out of a total of 10.41 crore. It would extend benefits of low priced staple foodgrain to 86 percent population in villages and 74 percent in urban areas.
With the launch today, the law came into force in four districts namely Patna, Purnia, Gopalganj and Nalanda, while it would be implemented in rest of the 34 districts by the end of February this year.
Kumar, who has been regularly firing salvos at Congress, in recent days be it Rahul Gandhi's comment on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots or controversy over denial of invitation for foundation laying ceremony of Aligarh Muslim University campus at Kisanganj, did not miss the chance to remind the party not to claim entire credit for it.
"They will try to take the entire credit for the food security law themselves but it’s not true," he said.
"There were a lot of loopholes in the draft legislation of the food security bill which we got corrected besides JD (U) had a crucial role in getting it passed in Parliament," Kumar said.
Launching the law in four districts of Bihar, the Chief Minister said beneficiaries would get 5 kg of rice and wheat at a price of Rs 3 and Rs 2 respectively.