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With an intent of ensuring better propagation of UPA's "growth story", Congress has convened a conclave of its spokespersons of state units on 22 July which will be addressed by Rahul Gandhi and some ministers.
As per the ordinance signed by President Pranab Mukherjee, the new food security programme should be rolled out within six months.
India's food security law has global significance and it can inspire many countries to come up with similar legislation, a UN official said on Thursday.
Last week, Food Minister KV Thomas had said that the Centre would allocate more foodgrains to flood-hit Uttarakhand to provide relief to affected people.
With Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's pet National Food Security Bill stuck in parliament, the government is set to introduce it via an ordinance. Food Minister K.V. Thomas said the ordinance would be considered by the union cabinet Thursday
The government could go in for the ordinance route to implement the ambitious National Food Security Bill as also the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, Congress sources said today.
The Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in December, 2011.
Monsoon rains are expected to be "satisfactory", though they could be below average in some parts in southern India
Monsoon rains are expected to be "satisfactory", though they could be below average in some parts in southern India, the food minister said on Friday, ahead of an official forecast later in the day.
Once the cabinet clears the changes, the minister said that the amendment bill would be placed in Parliament before the current session.
The Congress-led UPA government wants to pass the National Food Security Bill during Parliament's budget session beginning 21 February and will protect the interest of the states, Food Minister KV Thomas said today.
Rawat said that they were consulted before the government arrived on the decision on LPG cylinders.
India is likely to continue exports of wheat and rice despite the poor monsoon, food minister KV Thomas said on Tuesday, as the country has ample stocks from last year's harvest.
Though the government has not though of banning exports of any food items, it is considering imports via state-owned agencies to meet any requirement.
The food ministry is discussing with the Agriculture Ministry about launching again the scheme of distribution of imported pulses through Public Distribution System (PDS) at subsidised rates.