Food-bowl Punjab opposes food security ordinance
Chandigarh: With Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal terming the food security ordinance "anti-farmer" and "half-cooked", the measure faces opposition from the country's food granary.
Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia said that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government's approval of "the half-cooked National Food Security Bill to tempt the common masses on the eve of general elections would not work for this most-corrupt government since independence."
Punjab alone contributes over 50 percent of foodgrain to the national kitty, despite being a small state with just 1.54 percent of the country's geographical area. The state led the Green Revolution in the country in the 1960s to make it self-sufficient in foodgrain production. Majithia accused the UPA government of picking up the food security idea from Punjab's "atta-dal" scheme that started in 2007.
"The draft (food security) bill is a poor carbon copy of the SAD-BJP government's most successful atta-dal scheme. The UPA government has never bothered about the interests of poor people and has unleashed non-stop inflation, turning the lives of common people into a nightmare," said Majithia, brother-in-law of Akali Dal president and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
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