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BJP raises doubts over Food Security Bill

delhi Updated: Dec 19, 2011 19:40 IST
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BJP on Monday raised doubts over whether the proposed Food Security Bill approved by the Union cabinet would achieve its objectives, wondering whether it would turn out to be another "scam".

The BJP also wanted to know from the government how much Budgetary support would come to implement the provisions of the bill.

"We have concerns, as the government's own partners have expressed opposition to the programme...If the budgetary provision is not made and the bill is passed, it will be like another fraud with the nation," said BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

The BJP leader expressed apprehensions whether the programme for providing food to the poor and those below poverty line would be successful or would become another scam.

"Would it be a successful programme or another burden on the nation or will become another scam like the PDS. We are concerned on this," Rudy said.

He said the Food Security Bill can provide food to the poor and those living below the poverty line, especially in rural areas and "can become a good programme".

He, however, said, "We would like to see its shape and proposal. What the government does for providing revenue for the programme. What the government does for its budget provisions, because a major part of the revenue will come out of the government's budget.