New Delhi: An empowered group of ministers (eGoM) is to meet on 5 April to discuss certain aspects in the draft food security Bill it had cleared last month.
The eGoM, headed by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, is meeting to discuss the draft food security Bill, persons familiar with the development said, adding that the finance ministry has sought clarifications, including adjudication of complaints.
After the eGoM meeting on 18 March, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar had said that the panel had cleared the draft Bill and it would be taken to the cabinet for approval.
He had also said that the number of below poverty line population to be covered under the Act would be on the basis of the Planning Commission’s estimate. Currently, 65.2 million families are covered under the public distribution system, which may go up to 81.4 million if Planning Commission approves the Tendulkar formula.
A committee under Suresh Tendulkar was set up to arrive at a methodology to estimate poverty in the country. It submitted its report in December.