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Govt. holding talks with states on Food Security Bill: Pawar

New Delhi , Wed, 14 Dec 2011 ANI

New Delhi, Dec 14 (ANI): Asserting that the Food Security Bill is of utmost importance, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said the Central Government has been discussing the bill with individual states, and added that the discussions would conclude within the next eight to ten days.


"The discussions are on. I think that there would be final discussions in the next eight to ten days and the Cabinet will eventually decide," he told the media here.


Pawar had earlier criticised the bill, saying it would strain government finances and would require a major boost to farm output and potentially curtail exports.


Meanwhile, Minister of State for Food and Agriculture K.V. Thomas said that the cabinet would discuss approval for a draft law expanding a populist food scheme on Sunday, after deferring a decision this week because of disagreement over the size of the subsidy plan.


"The special Cabinet is coming on Sunday. That is what I understand. We will discuss that matter because this is a major bill and discussion has to take place. So, I have informed that on Sunday there will be a special cabinet. That is what we are trying," he said.


The Cabinet decision on Food Security Bill was postponed earlier on Tuesday as the allies of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre wanted more discussions on it.he draft of the National Food Security Bill seeks to expand the scope of subsidised food entitlements to the poor. (ANI)


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