Only time will tell if the food Bill will produce palatable results
The National Food Security Bill has been passed through an ordinance. It reportedly gives a legal right to a ‘monthly food handout to 67% of our population at a fraction of market price’.
This is a great venture. However, the clause in the ordinance that within six months, the states have to identify the food-insecure ‘in a fair and transparent manner’ seems to be unreasonable.
It is unclear whether the states have the infrastructure to identify, within the given time, the millions who will benefit from this move. Only time will tell whether such a move will be a success or not.
Balvinder Singh, Chandigarh
Do more to avoid future mishaps
The editorial Not reading the signs (July 3) was excellent and thought-provoking. In India, action is initiated only after a tragedy has struck and after the initial enthusiasm, the authorities leave the initiative halfway, only to be taken up when there is another crisis. This reflects poorly on our government.
All the parties are gearing up for the elections and it will be a good move if they give priority to measures that prevent or minimise the devastation caused due to terror attacks or natural calamities.
AL Agarwal, New Delhi
Emulate America’s best practices
When there is a terror strike in India we look at the US to see how it has dealt with a similar situation. However, when faced with a national calamity we turn to petty politics and blame games.
Recently, President Obama, after parts of the US were hit by a cyclone, didn’t think twice before declaring it a national calamity and both the Republicans and the Democrats forgot their political differences to help in the rescue and rehabilitation work. Can’t we emulate such steps?
Abdul Monim, Vashi
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