Saturday, July 13, 2013

Congress CMs to meet Sonia Gandhi over Food Security Bill

New Delhi: 13 Jul 2013

The Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states are likely to meet party president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday to hold deliberations over Food Security Bill. The prime objective of the meeting is to formulate a strategy, so that the Bill can be cleared-off, as early as possible.

The meeting is being held at a time when the party is projecting the scheme, seeking to provide cheaper food grains to 82 crore people as a game changer in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Assembly Polls are due to be held in Delhi by the year-end and it will be the first state to roll out the scheme on August 20, the birth anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

As many as 34 party leaders, including chief ministers of 14 Congress-ruled states, AICC general secretaries and members of Congress Core Group, have been invited for the meeting on Saturday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, party vice president Rahul Gandhi and Food Minister KV Thomas will be present during the deliberations.

The idea is to ensure that the scheme is implemented in the best possible manner with Congress-ruled states becoming role models in implementation of the food security measure. The meeting has been called days after the government rushed through an ordinance on the key measure, which is an indication that the party is keen to pull out all the stops in propagating the food security scheme.
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