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National Food Security Ordinance: Anything But Expensive

http://www.epw.in/web-exclusives/national-food-security-ordinance-anything-expensive.html Vol – XLVIII No. 30, July 27, 2013 | Dipa Sinha While critics have overblown the cost estimates of the National Food Security Ordinance, the ordinance itself is a missed opportunity. What is needed is a more comprehensive Act which incorporates measures such as procurement, storage and distribution through a decentralised, strengthened and universal public distribution system, among others and a strong grievance redressal and monitoring mechanism. Dipa Sinha (dipasinha@gmail.com) is an activist with the Right to Food campaign. With the promulgation of the National Food Security Ordinance (NFSO) last week, there have been many shrill voices warning the nation about the high costs of its provisions. The media, […]

Summary of The National Food Security Bill 2013

  TEHELKA BUREAUMore by the author > March 22, 2013 http://tehelka.com/exclusive-summary-of-the-national-food-security-bill-2013/ Revised version, as tabled in Parliament on 22 March 2013. Read full text of the Bill (Download PDF). 1. Preliminaries The Bill seeks “to provide for food and nutritional security in human life cycle approach, by ensuring access to adequate quantity of quality food at affordable prices to people to live a life with dignity and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto”. It extends to the whole of India and “shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette appoint, and different dates may be appointed for different States and different […]


  THE CAMPAIGN WILL CONTINUE PROTESTING FOR A COMPREHENSIVE FOOD SECURITY LAW   THIS IS A MERE SOP, A FOOD INSECURITY LAW AND NOT A FOOD SECURITY LAW   Jantar Mantar, New Delhi 19th March, 2013 More than 500 people of the Right to Food Campaign sitting at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi rejected the National Food Security Bill 2013 which was passed by the cabinet of the UPA Government today evening and will now be placed in the Parliament in this session. NO TIME FRAME FOR IMPLEMENTATION People were shocked to learn that according to the Bill that was passed, the law will not be applied in one stroke. […]

Parliamentary Standing Committee Report on National Food Security Bill

Standing Committee Report on National Food Security Bill खतरनाक है राशन के बदले नकद राशि का मंत्र (सचिन कुमार जैन, पंचायतनामा, 17-23 दिसंबर) (1) The Standing Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution has submitted its report on the National Food Security Bill. Please find attached. A related article: The cost of food security (C P Chandrashekhar, The Hindu, 20 Jan). National Food Security Bill Securing Food for All: Is it Really Difficult to Afford? (Praveen Jha and Nilachala Acharya, Economic and Political Weekly, 26 Jan) Cash transfers and UID DCT: lists of beneficiaries sought (The Hindu, 22 Jan) Aadhaar-linked DBT hits roadblock in East Godavari (Mohammad Ali, The […]


Ladenge!! Jeetenge!! Jab tak bhukha insaan rahega!! dharti par toofan rahega!!   TO REJECT AND EXPOSE THE VACUOUS NATIONAL FOOD SECURITY BILL AND REASSERT OUR DEMAND FOR A COMPREHENSIVE FOOD SECURITY ACT   PUBLIC ACTION IN THREE PHASES IN MARCH 2013   4 – 8 March: At Jantar Mantar with the Pension Parishad Dharna 11 – 17 March:  Public Action in States, Consultations with MPs 18 – 22 March: Vishal Dharna in Delhi   Dear friends,   From the 25th to 28th of February, many of us from the steering committee met in Delhi. We met Ministers, including the Minister for Food and Consumer Affairs, GOI, several members of parliament […]

“HUNGER AND NUTRITION: TIME TO ACT” Amartya Sen Argues for an Improved Food Security Bill

(New Delhi, 15 February 2013) Speaking to an enthralled audience of 1,500 students and faculty at IIT (Delhi) today, Amartya Sen said that the idea of the National Food Security Bill was “a matter of appreciation and support”, and that the tabling of the Bill in Parliament was in itself a big achievement.  However, he also drew attention to various shortcomings of the Bill and argued for it to be strengthened, particularly in terms of children’s entitlements. Also in this panel discussion on “Hunger and Nutrition: Time to Act” were Montek Singh Ahluwalia (Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission), Shantha Sinha (Chairperson, National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights) and Shyama […]

Food security bill to cost Rs 23,000 crore: Centre

By Dhananjay Mahapatra, TNN | Feb 9, 2013, 04.27 AM IST http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Food-security-bill-to-cost-Rs-23000-crore-Centre/articleshow/18409319.cms The National Food Security Bill seeks to cover 75% of the rural population and 50% of urban population in the country. RELATED Enormous impact of Food Security Bill on farm sector: Panel Parliamentary Standing Committee likely to submit its report on Food … Food Security Bill to provide 5kg wheat and rice for Rs 3 an 2 per kg… Dharna planned at Jantar Mantar against cash transfer plan Congress bets on ‘positive’ appraisal of UPA II NEW DELHI: The UPA government on Friday expressed difficulty in implementing the National Food Security Bill, touted to bring in revolutionary changes in alleviating poverty, […]

National Food Security Bill: An Unfinished Battle

http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/HarshMander/An-unfinished-battle/Article1-1005882.aspx Harsh Mander February 03, 2013 A potentially historic piece of social legislation that will legally guarantee food for all is likely to soon conclude its prolonged, rocky and uncertain journey. Parliament, in its forthcoming budget session, is expected to finally decide the contours of a law to reduce endemic widespread hunger and malnourishment in the country. The imagination of this statute is to create legally binding obligations for the State to ensure food – as subsidised grain, infant feeds, free cooked meals and social security cash transfers – to every child, woman and man lacking assured access to sufficient food for an active and healthy life. In a country which, despite […]

Central government to redraft food security bill

Ajith Athrady, NEW DELHI, Jan 30, 2013, DHNS: The UPA Government’s much-hyped cheap foodgrain scheme is likely to be delayed further with the Centre on Wednesday deciding to redraft the National Food Security Bill by incorporating suggestions made by the Parliament Standing Committee on Food and Consumer Affairs. The decision was taken at a high level meeting convened at the Prime Minister’s Office to discuss the panel’s recommendations. It was also decided to withdraw the current bill from Parliament and table a new bill in the coming Budget Session. Though Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister K V Thomas claimed that the new bill would be passed in the Budget […]

‘Food Security Bill is somewhat defective’ : Dr. MS Swaminathan

Jan 6, 2012, 04.40AM IST Q: Is food security just a concept or is achievable?  A: Of course it is attainable. There are three main issues. First is availability of food in the market. For which farmers have to produce more. Second is access to food, whether one has the money to buy it. That’s what the (food security) Bill aims to achieve. Third is absorption of food in the body, which is a function of clean drinking water. Drinking water is the most important component. That is why Rajiv Gandhi Water Mission, Total Sanitation Mission and National Rural Health Mission should be brought together under the food security Act. […]

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