CLP leaders of the Opposition-ruled states will also participate in the meeting besides the chiefs of frontal wings and AICC secretaries. Keen to spread the message of the Bill across the country, party president Sonia Gandhi held consultations with 13 Chief Ministers of all Congress-ruled states on July 13 in which, she asked them to expeditiously implement the food security scheme in ‘letter and spirit’ so that ‘no one sleeps hungry.’
    
Even in the two-day media workshop on July 22 and 23 which was addressed by Rahul, the programme had a dedicated session on food security. Union Ministers Jairam Ramesh and KV Thomas also addressed the workshop.
    
Rahul's meeting with the PCC chiefs and CLP leaders is being held at a time when the party is preparing for the next Lok Sabha polls and is keen to reach out to the people with its populist measures.
    
In the July 13 meeting, which was also attended by AICC general secretaries and Congress Core Group members, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said that bottlenecks, if any, in the implementation of the scheme will be removed.
    
The deliberations had seen a number of AICC General Secretaries and Chief Ministers raising concerns over poor condition of Public Distribution System (PDS). A number of Congress-ruled states including Delhi and Haryana have also announced their intent to implement the food security scheme from August 20.
    
Besides, a battery of Congress spokespersons moved in various states last week to hold workshops for the PCCs on food security issue and addressed press conferences at state headquarters.

(Agencies)

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