New Delhi: Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC) has made some recommendations in the Food Security Bill which is likely to be presented before the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) next week.

As per the suggestions by the NAC, the ration shopkeepers will get commission and monthly payment from the government. The move is expected to benefit around five lakh shopkeepers.

Taking serious note of the flaws in ration system, the NAC observed that providing ration on discounted rates was not a profitable business due to which it encouraged black marketing of foodgrains.

The final decision regarding this will be taken by the EGoM soon.

Presently, there are around five lakh ration shops across the country and the draft of Food Security Bill suggests bringing ration shopkeepers on government pay rolls. However, different commission rates have been decided for various states.

The NAC has also suggested in handling the responsibility of these shops to Gram Panchayats, self help groups and cooperatives.
Suggestions have also been made to decentralize the procurement of foodgrains and form a foodgrain bank.

JPN/Bureau