Food Security Bill tabelled in Lok Sabha

The much-awaited National Food Security Bill, 2011, which makes cheaper foodgrains a legal entitlement to 63.5 per cent of the country’s population, was tabled in the Lok Sabha. The law will also confer legal rights on women, children and other special groups, destitute, the homeless, disaster – and emergency – affected persons and persons living in starvation – to receive meals free or at an affordable price. Every pregnant women and lactating mother will be entitled to meals free of change during pregnancy and six months after childbirth, through the local anganwadi. The Bill provides for a maternity benefit of Rs.1,000 a month for six months.

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