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Crucial NAC meet Sept 24
New Delhi, Sept 20 (IANS):
Published on 20 Sep. 2010 11:15 PM IST
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A crucial meeting of the National Advisory Council (NAC), which may finalise the draft food bill, will be held Sep 24, informed sources said here Monday.
The previous meeting, chaired by NAC chairman Sonia Gandhi, Aug 30 could not finalise the draft bill, which should be sent for the government’s consideration, as there was no consensus among the NAC members on whether to confine food security only to people below poverty line or to universalise it.
In the Aug 30 meeting, Harsh Mander, convener of the Working Group on National Food Security Bill, made a presentation detailing the group’s proposals.
The NAC discussed various components of the bill, including inclusive and enhanced Public Distribution System, child and maternal nutrition, special programmes for destitute and vulnerable groups, PDS reforms and enabling provisions.
The NAC had also agreed to continue further consultations on the subject with various ministries including the Agriculture Ministry, headed by Sharad Pawar.

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