Brushing aside political opposition, Government had on Wednesday decided to issue the ordinance to give nation's two-third population the right to get 5kgs of foodgrains every month at highly subsidised rates of Rs. 1-3 per kg.
The Food Security programme when implemented will be the biggest in the world with the government spending estimated at Rs. 125,000 crore annually on supply of about 62 million tonnes of rice, wheat and coarse cereals to 67% of the population.
Opposition parties on Thursday slammed the government bringing the ordinance, accusing it of bypassing Parliament which is due to meet in a few weeks and acting in a hurry with an eye on polls.
The government rejected the charge saying it wants to provide food security to crores and alleged that Opposition leaders, who had earlier disrupted Parliament sessions were now shedding "crocodile tears" over parliamentary propriety.