Thomas not keen on ordinance route to push through Food Bill

Amid talk of the government taking the ordinance route to implement its ambitious National Food Security Bill,Food Minister K V Thomas Thursday met Law Minister Kapil Sibal and discussed available options.

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Published: May 17, 2013 1:06 am

Amid talk of the government taking the ordinance route to implement its ambitious National Food Security Bill,Food Minister K V Thomas Thursday met Law Minister Kapil Sibal and discussed available options. Thomas,however,is not keen on an ordinance.

Thomas told The Indian Express that the Food Ministry has proposed various options,including a special session of Parliament to discuss and pass the legislation. “We have various options before us and all discussed with the Law Minister,” he said.

Thomas said he believed the Bill should be discussed in Parliament as it would be implemented by states and its impact would be felt across the country. “The Bill’s spirit will be lost if it is implemented through an ordinance or executive order,” he said. He said the Law Ministry shared his view.

The Congress,sources said,is keen to roll out the programme ahead of the forthcoming Assembly polls. The government tried to push the Bill through towards the end of the Budget session,but the BJP stonewalled the bid. The Bill was introduced in Parliament in December 2011.

Thomas,sources said,met Sibal after the Law Ministry said promulgating an ordinance would be meaningless unless a necessary mechanism for the act’s implementation is put in place in states.

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