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Govt hopes Parliament passes Food Security Bill

IANS     August 12, 2013
The government has expressed hope that the Food Security Bill scheduled to be debated in the Lok Sabha on Monday would be passed.

The bill promises to give right to the country's 800 million people to get 5 kg of foodgrains every month at Rs 1-3 per kg.

"Government wants to get the food bill passed under all circumstances. If the opposition has suggestions, we will look at them," Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla told reporters.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath expressed hope the bill would be passed without amendments .

"We have discussed the food bill informally, I would urge the opposition not to move amendments," Nath told a news channel.

The minister also defended the RTI amendment bill.

"If under RTI parties get questions like why did you give ticket to a particular candidate, that is not for people to ask," he said.

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