why the food security bill may not be the voter magnet the upa expects it to be

The sheer sweep and scale of the National Food Security Bill — subsidised food of subsistence quantities to up to 75% of the rural population and up to 50% of the urban population—suggests it could be an election game-changer for the ruling Congress-led UPA. But when seen along with the way this legislation will be […]

NAC finalises its Food Security Bill

The National Advisory Council, headed by Sonia Gandhi, has worked out a compromise formula for the food security act on Saturday. Keeping in mind the budgetary and the foodgrain constraints of the government the council has proposed “near universal with differential entitlements” food security programme. Under the compromised formula, 90% of the rural households and […]

A thought exercise on what near universal food security has meant for Chhattisgarh…

The proposed National Food Security Bill could change rural India even more profoundly than the National Rural Employment Guarentee Act has. The Bill is expected to push India’s grain procurement up from the current 45 million tons to 80 million tons. It will also, depending on the approach the National Advisory Council recommends, provide 35 […]

Food Security Bill in for a radical rewrite?

THE National Advisory Council (NAC), it appears, is set to radically rewrite the the Food Security Bill. The meeting of the NAC, which discussed the draft bill prepared by the government, was of the view that the Centre should move beyond the traditional APL-BPL faultline and aim for an inclusive Bill… The members also agreed […]