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NAC deals with new bills in first meet

NAC deals with new bills in first meet

New Delhi: The first meet of the newly constituted second National Advisory Council or NAC, which is expected to set the social agenda for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance or UPA government, on Thursday laid down its broad agenda for its functioning.

The discussions, which lasted for over three hours, revolved around crucial legislations such as the Food Security Bill, the Communal Harmony Bill and the Forest Rights Bill. The 14-member council later met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his residence.

“A broad agenda was laid down since it was an introductory meeting. A whole range of concerns were raised by all the members pertaining to the socially disadvantaged sections," said a council member who attended the meeting but did not wish to be identified.

The NAC serves as an interface between the government and the Congress party, which heads the ruling UPA, and is chaired by Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Last week Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced the nomination of 14 members to the council.

The next meeting of the council is on 1 July, when it is likely to take up the draft Food Security Bill.

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