CHANDIGARH, December 21: Congress incharge for Punjab Thakur Gulchain Singh Charak today said that the National Food Security Bill passed recently by the Union Cabinet is a visionary step in removing poverty and hunger from the country.
In a statement issued today Mr Charak said that the new law was all inclusive and did not guarantee food for the people living below the poverty line, but also those living above the poverty line. “It covers almost 70 per cent of the country’s population”, he pointed out, while adding, such historic decisions will always be remembered in history.
Congratulating the Congress President Ms Sonia Gandhi for the revolutionary law, he said, it may not have a parallel in the history as how the country plans to provide food security to its people.
Given the massive financial implications of such a law, Mr Charak said, such things need courage of conviction and a commitment towards common good. He said, this law is certain to take wind out of the sails of certain vested interests who are trying to sell various government of India Welfare Schemes as their own.
Particularly referring to the aata-daal scheme of the Akali-BJP regime, he said, it was just an election stunt which was misused and the benefit did not reach the deserving. Compared to that National Food Security Act is the outcome of a vision and commitment towards improving the lot of the poor and eliminating the hunger from the country.