New Delhi: An empowered group of ministers (eGoM) on Friday asked the Planning Commission to come out with comprehensive data on families living below the poverty line (BPL) to enable it to finalize the Food Security Bill.
“The Planning Commission has been tasked to give detailed presentation on BPL families,” an eGoM member said after a meeting of the ministers panel, headed by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee. The member declined to be identified.
Food security: Pranab Mukherjee is heading the ministers’ panel discussing the proposed Bill. Pradeep Gaur/Mint
In the backdrop of an estimated bumper wheat harvest this year, the eGoM also discussed ways to step up storage capacity. Involvement of the private sector in storage is also being looked into, he said.
Even for implementing the food security law, which aims to provide wheat or rice at Rs3 per kg to each BPL family, the government would need to ensure adequate storage capacity.
Earlier, the eGoM was asked to revisit the proposed food security law to finalize the quantity of foodgrains to be supplied to BPL families as well their numbers.
The Planning Commission is working on fresh numbers as well as the financial implication of implementing the proposed law.
The eGoM also deferred a decision on the proposal for imposing import duty on wheat in view of over 17% food inflation.
A decision on raising the quantity from 10kg to 15kg for the above poverty line families through public distribution system was also deferred.
The eGoM has also decided to extend the open market sales scheme in wheat till September.