With constant disruptions by the Opposition in Parliament resulting in a delay in passing the Food Security Bill, the government has decided to not wait any longer. The cabinet will today promulgate an ordinance to push through the bill, which is the brainchild of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
The move will make the Food Security Bill a law without taking prior approval from Parliament, something that the Opposition is strongly objecting to.
The talk in the political circles is that the government wants to issue an Ordinance for Food Bill before the Monsoon session to initiate groundwork at the state level for smooth implementation of the bill.
The government will later propose to replace the Ordinance, which has effective life of six months, with a law by political consensus in the Monsoon session of Parliament, they added.
The Food bill is aimed at giving legal rights to 67 per cent of the population over a uniform quantity of 5 kg foodgrains at a fixed price of Rs 1-3 per kg through ration shops.
Congress considers the Bill as a game changer in the next elections.