NEW DELHI, March 21 � Sitting on surplus foodgrain stock, the government today said it plans to roll out the proposed National Food Security Bill by this year-end, reports PTI.
The Bill, which seeks to provide legal entitlement over subsidised foodgrain to 63.5 per cent of the country�s population, is being vetted by the Parliamentary Standing Committee.
�We intend to implement the Food Security Bill by the end of December, 2012,� Food Minister K V Thomas told reporters on the sidelines of an event organised by YES Bank and The Hindu Business Line.
He said taking into account the production estimate of Agriculture Ministry, the country seems to have enough foodgrain to meet the requirement under the proposed bill as well as exports till 2014.
Thomas said his Ministry is looking into the new poverty figures, which would be the basis for deciding the number of beneficiaries over subsidies grains.