New Delhi: The Congress on Friday said Ordinance on Food Security would not be a financial burden on the economy and would help battle malnutrition and hunger.

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"The Food Ordinance will help battle malnutrition and hunger in the nation. The Food Security Ordinance will not impact fiscal deficit or affect financial management of the country," Congress leader Ajay Maken said.

"There are reports that it is not possible to implement it technically and financially, but all things have been well thought out," he said.

Attacking the opposition for not passing the bill during the Budget session, he said, "It was promised by the Congress party in its 2009 manifesto. The bill was introduced in December 2011, and we have repeatedly appealed to the opposition to discuss the bill and pass it."

"The biggest thing for any political party is to fulfill the promises it made in its manifesto. People will take into account that Congress fulfils whatever it promises. This also reflects the credibility that when we are going to polls in four states, we have also fulfilled a big promise that we had made in our manifesto...This will be a game changer for the poor people," Maken said.

"The entire Budget session was washed out. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had sought to evolve a wider consensus on the bill, but that did not emerge. There was no other way ... when the opposition does not want to discuss and pass and it," he added.


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