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Food Bill will only be tabled in next Parliament session: Food minister

The government will only be able to table the Food Security Bill in the next session of Parliament, Food Minister K V Thomas said today.

india Updated: Aug 17, 2011 14:08 IST

The government will only be able to table the Food Security Bill in the next session of Parliament, Food Minister K V Thomas said on Wednesday.

"We will be able to table the Food Security Bill only in the next Winter Session of Parliament, as consultation with state governments and various ministries is still on," Thomas said in New Delhi.

Addressing the nation on the occasion of India's 65th Independence Day on August 15, 2011, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said the government will soon introduce the National Food Security Act.

"After the rights to education, employment and information, we will soon enact a legislation for providing food security to the people," he said.

Under the proposed Food Security Act, the government plans to give a legal entitlement to cheaper foodgrains to nearly 70% of the country's population. The Bill has already been approved by the Empowered Group of Ministers.