The Right To Food campaign on Wednesday asked the government to go for discussion on the food security bill in Parliament instead of opting for ordinance.
The idea to get the proposed law legislated without a debate in Parliament was bad as several political parties have moved amendments to the bill. “All these voices need to be heard and the issues raised need to be debated,” the campaign said in a statement.
It also said the amended version of the National Food Security Bill as presented in Parliament on May 2 was inadequate and makes a mockery of food security.
“It provides extremely limited food entitlements, is piecemeal and is nowhere close to providing food security. It makes no provisions for production of food or for support of small and marginal farmers who are food producers, but very food insecure,” the statement says. It urged PM Manmohan Singh to come up with comprehensive food security bill and asked the opposition to allow business so that the legislation can be discussed.
The bill does not specify any timeframe for rolling out the entitlements in the law and leaves out 33% of the population from the PDS. The bill provides only for cereals with no entitlements to basic food necessities such as pulses and edible oil required to combat malnutrition.