A group of ministers met late on Monday to discuss measures to strengthen the proposed Food Security Act, but adjourned without taking a decision. The meeting was held at the behest of United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar said after the meeting that the empowered group of ministers (eGoM) would meet three weeks later after it receives more information it has sought from the Planning Commission. President Pratibha Patil said in June that the legislation would provide for an entitlement of 25kg of rice or wheat per month at Rs3 per kg to poor families. A draft Bill readied by eGoM for cabinet approval stopped short of assuring an entitlement.