Food Security Bill passed in Indian parliament after 10-hour debate

September 3, 2013 / No Comments

The BBC News reported on Sept. 3, 2013, that India’s upper house of parliament has given a green signal to the Food Security Bill targeted at subsidizing food for two-thirds of the Indian population.

Food Security Bill Food Security Bill passed in Indian parliament after 10 hour debate

What is Food Security Bill?

The bill proposes to place food under the category of legal rights. Under this bill the proposition of providing a kilo of wheat at two rupees, rice at three rupees (six cents; four pence), and millet at one rupee.

It also proposes to supply 5 kg of grain per month to around 800 million poor people in India.

Millions of people in India are below the poverty line and quite a large number of children are malnourished. The estimated expenditure upon this scheme is 1.3 trillion rupees ($19.7bn; £12.6bn) every year.

The Food Security bill was passed by the lower house of parliament during the previous month. However, the bill will now be taken to the President Pranab Mukherjee for commendation to be turned into a law.

The bill got passed after a controversial debate in the upper house. The BBC mentioned that the opposition party criticized the government for “repackaging some existing schemes” considering the elections scheduled for the next year.

Do you think the scheme will be well implemented and not just be on papers as Government’s many other schemes?