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Ambitious food bill of UPA govt gets Lok Sabha nod

New Delhi, Aug 27 (): Claiming food bill a moral essential, the UPA government indicated symptoms of securing legislative approval for providing food security to a wide majority of Indians after the Lok Sabha approved the draft law late on Monday.

Each recipient will be permitted to 5 kg of rice, wheat and coarse grains at the subsidized price of Rs.3, Rs.2 and Re.1 per kg, under the proposed law, said sources. People below poverty line who receive 35 kg of wheat and rice per month at subsidized prices under the scheme of Antyodaya Anna Yojana will likely keep hold of their rights.

In a discussion on the National Food Security Bill, Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi said on Monday that it is the responsibility of the government to take care of the less fortunate part of the population and portrayed the system as part of an empowerment revolution and also  appealed to the opposition for support.

Replying to a question on whether the government has the resources to implement this proposal, Sonia said that it is not the question of whether the government has the means but the government has to create the means. Gandhi further described the scheme as a “historic opportunity” dropping a message to the country and the world that India is the country which takes the responsibility of its people by providing food security.

The moment the crucial food security Bill is approved by the Rajya Sabha, which is expected this week, the ruling Congress at the centre will be placed in a position to spot some electoral gain in the upcoming assembly polls and the general election that is likely to be held next year.

With eight months left for the general elections, the Congress might be looking for a miracle as it had already won the last two elections on the support of inventing some schemes such as rural jobs plan called MNREGA and a loan waiver plan which were put into operation before the 2009 general election.