Government working on Food Security Act details: Pawar

The government is working out details of eligible Below Poverty Line families, the methodology for their identification and issuance of identification cards as part of its food security initiative under the National Food Security Act.

Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar said while informing the Lok Sabha in a written reply that under the proposed law every BPL family would be entitled to receive 25kg of food grains per month. He said the  government had initiated the necessary action to frame the law.

He added that the government was engaged in examining the different aspects of the proposed law in consultation with state governments, various central ministries, experts and other stakeholders. The Congress party had promised the legislation as one of its poll promises, before the general elections earlier this year.

On another question, the minister assured the House that the present stock of foodgrains with the government would suffice to meet the demand under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS).

The foodgrains (wheat and rice) stocks in the central pool as of 1 June 2009, stood at 204.03 lakh tons of rice and 331.22 lakh tons of wheat.

He added that the estimated annual requirement of foodgrains is about 446 lakh tons under TPDS and 50 lakh tons under other welfare schemes.