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Opposition wanted to stall food security scheme: Cong

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, July 16, 2013
First Published: 12:49 IST(16/7/2013) | Last Updated: 12:55 IST(16/7/2013)

The Congress on Monday launched a major exercise to train its workers about the National Food Security Ordinance 2013.

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Justifying the UPA’s move, the Congress said the ordinance to guarantee food and nutrition had been necessitated to thwart the opposition’s attempts to politicise the issue.

“The opposition was trying to cause obstructions to deprive the Congress of any political advantage on the food security issue. So, the UPA government brought an ordinance,” said senior party leader and former Madhya Pradesh minister Mukesh Naik while speaking to reporters here on Monday.

Naik was here to hold a workshop for the Congress workers at the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) headquarters here.

More such programmes would be organised to educate about 5000 party workers across the state by August 2013.

Naik said the UPA government had initiated legislation on the issue in 2009. Information about the National Food Security Bill had been sent to all the state governments on June 10, 2009, he said.

He said the Congress-led state governments would implement the ordinance from August 20, 2013.

All the state government would have to implement the law once it was passed by Parliament, he added.


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