Expressing its disappointment, the RTFC said that the budget shows no commitment towards Food Security Act and food subsidy.

The RTFC in a meeting said that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley did not address on national food security law in the fiscal budget of 2014-2015 despite BJP’s manifesto defining national security as universal food security.

Stating that the Finance Minister had continued the insensitivity trend, Centre for Equity Studies Director Harsh Mander said, “Since last three years we are witnessing a period of the highest food inflation that the country has seen in last 35 years. And the fact that Indian Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, has continued the trend insensitivity that Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram started in his last two budgets and are seriously impacting the social sector.”

Emphasizing on the issues like malnourishment and starvation, National Federation of Indian Women general secretary Annie Raja said “Instead of strengthening Public Distribution System (PDS) of just rice, wheat and quarter litre of kerosene, we wished and demanded that issues of malnourishment and starvation were addressed. We had also demanded availability of pulses and edible oil at cheaper rates through PDS.”

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