New Delhi: Nov 12, 2010
The Centre informed the Supreme Court that it would soon put in place the National Food Security legislation after taking into consideration the recommendations of the National Advisory Council. This law would address the court's concerns over making foodgrains allotment to the States. Attorney-General G. E. Vahanvati told a Bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma that pending enactment of the legislation, a committee was constituted to monitor the creation of storage capacity, and for prudent management of the grain stock with the Centre. He said that in terms of the 1993-94 poverty estimates, the number of additional BPL families, on the basis of the 2010 population estimates, worked out to 1.17 crore, and not seven crore as stated by the petitioner PUCL.
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