Union food minister KV Thomas is optimistic about the Food Subsidy Bill being passed in the upcoming Budget Session. Speaking exclusively to CNBC-TV18, the food minister asserted that most state-governments were in agreement regarding the proposals in the Bill.
"We intend to table this Bill in the Parliament by the end of the first half of the Budget Session to ensure its enactment in the Budget Session itself."
"Fortunately even Chief Ministers from BJP-ruled states like Bihar have supported this Bill. The Bill's key objective is to reach out to 75 percent of the population out of which 46 percent, equivalent to the population below the poverty line, would be catered to on a priority basis."
"The Bill proposes to reach out to 50 percent of the urban population out of which a minimum of 28 percent will be catered to on a priority basis. The Standing Committee has shifted its point of view dismissed the various clauses in the Bill on inclusion, exclusion and priority and suggested that 75 percent of the rural population and 50 percent of the urban population, which altogether comes to 67 percent, be covered by the Bill."