The EGoM is revisiting the bill, the ambitious agenda of the UPA Government, amid speculation that the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi wanted the scheme to provide a better deal for the Below Poverty Line families, estimated at 6.5 crore by the Planning Commission and also include women, chidlren and other sections of the society who don't figure in the official BPL list.
Activists have also been demanding that foodgrain entitlement under the proposed law be raised by 10 kg per month per BPL family since its quota at ration shops is already fixed at 35 kg.
The EGoM is also likely to make some changes in the complaint redressal mechanism provided in the draft bill, sources said.
Any person can file complaint if he/she does not receive foodgrain under the National Food Security Bill as it guarantees under the law.
The eGoM has also to grapple with the controversy different estimates of the BPL families. While the Planning Commission estimates have put the BPL families at 6.5 crore, the Prime Minister-appointed Tendulkar Committee has revised the figure upward.
The eGoM also includes Food and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Home Minister P Chidambaram Commerce Minister Anand Sharma and Rural Development Minister C P Joshi.