"The discussion on the draft food bill remained inconclusive and the matter has been deferred for the next week. The discussion will continue again next week," said a Cabinet Minister present in the meeting.
Further, the bill has divided the beneficiaries into two categories namely priority households and the general households. Following the division, Priority households would include families under the below poverty line in the existing public distribution system, while general households above poverty line families.
Meanwhile, with the bill in place, the government is planning to cover up to 75 per cent of the rural population, with at least 46 per cent under priority households. However, it aims to cover 50 per cent pf the population in urban area under which 28 per cent would be priority category.
The bill seeks to provide 7 kg of rice and wheat to per person per month to priority households at Rs 3 and Rs 2 per kg, respectively, while persons under the general households would get at least 3 kg at 50 per cent of the minimum support price, said the data released by government.
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