The UPA government will move a list of 10 amendments to the national food security bill, including altering the meaning of “meals” to exclude “ready-to-eat” lunches for nutrition programmes, such as those for school-going children and pregnant women.
The government has gone on an overdrive to ensure the flagship food security bill is passed smoothly in the budget session of Parliament, as food minister KV Thomas held a series of meetings on Friday, including with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and finance minister P Chidambaram. Zia Haq and Saubhadra Chatterji report.
Diesel to cost Rs 4/litre more, LPG minus subsidy will be Rs 800; no change in kerosene price
In a decision that can turn Rahul Gandhi’s plans to revive the Congress in UP into a reality, the union cabinet on Thursday cleared a 4.5% share for minorities within the 27% OBC quota in jobs and university seats. The decision will be effective from January 1, 2012. Saubhadra Chatterji
& Zia Haq
report. Game changer
A key meet of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the 2G-spectrum scandal was shelved on Monday after members of the Opposition and the Congress clashed over the presence of Comptroller and Auditor-General (CAG) Vinod Rai in the meet.
Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar has made a fresh move for easing restrictions on sugar and onion export, even as Union food minister KV Thomas appears reluctant, fearing an adverse impact on domestic prices in the festive season.