Food Security Bill

  • If voted to power, BJP plans to abolish UPA welfare laws: Rahul Gandhi May 4, 2014

    Questioning BJP's intention on development issue, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday alleged that the saffron party if voted to power planned to abolish welfare laws such as food security and employment guarantee introduced by the UPA government. "I have got information that the intention of BJP and Modi is...
  • Nagma clarifies her stance on slapping youth at election rally for molestation April 2, 2014

    On reports that she slapped a youth during an election rally last week when he tried to come too close to her, Nagma said that she was just trying to push him. She also accused her opponents' for creating disturbances during her rallies and meetings. Asked if she is getting enough support...
  • Kofi Annan warns India against too many populist subsidies February 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has warned India against too many populist subsidies. Speaking on the issue of the Food Security Bill and Delhi government's water and electricity promises, he said that subsidised water and power take away their value. In conversation with CNN IBN's Deputy Editor...
  • WTO agreement needed for developing nations, says Anand Sharma December 18, 2013

    Commerce Minister Anand Sharma on Wednesday said the recent agreement signed at the WTO meeting in Indonesia was needed to strike a balance in favour of developing nations. Giving clarifications on a statement given in the Rajya Sabha, he said after the Uruguay round of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meet,...
  • Bali outcome not to impact food security programme, says Anand Sharma December 17, 2013

    The outcome of the WTO meeting held recently at Bali will not impact the country's food security programme, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma informed Parliament on Tuesday. "...nothing in the aforesaid agreement impinges on our food security programme for the poor and vulnerable sections of society, which is very much...
  • India refuses to trade food security at WTO meet in Bali December 4, 2013

    Sticking to its position that food security was nonnegotiable as it impacted four billion people worldwide and millions of farmers, India on Wednesday rejected the subsidy proposal in its present form at the global trade talks in Bali. "For India, food security is nonnegotiable," India's Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said at...
  • WTO meet begins on Tuesday, high stakes for India's food programme December 2, 2013

    Ministers and trade diplomats from 159 countries will get into tough negotiations at the WTO Ministerial meeting beginning in Bali on Tuesday with India seeking a deal on farm subsidies that will enable it to implement its USD 20 billion food security law without attracting any multilateral scrutiny. As hard bargains...
  • India will secure and protect right to food security at WTO, says Anand Sharma November 29, 2013

    Ahead of next week's WTO meet in Bali, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma on Friday asserted that India will secure and protect its right to food security and strive for a permanent immunity from any kind of farm subsidy breach. He also said that India will remain positively engaged with the other...
  • Bastar rally: Sonia takes a dig at BJP govt over Naxal menace, says we sacrificed our leaders November 7, 2013

    While addressing a rally at Chhattisgarh's Kondagaon in Bastar on Thursday, Sonia Gandhi chided the Raman Singhled BJP government on issues of security, employment, poverty and governance. "The Chhattisgarh government only talks big when it comes to security but hardly does anything. Tribals feel unsafe due to the atrocities. The Congress...
  • Raman Singh campaigns in tribal heartland Bastar, pitches for Modi as PM November 1, 2013

    Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Thursday addressed two public gatherings in Bastar region, the tribal heartland, and appealed people to vote BJP to power for the third time. Singh also made a pitch for BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, saying that by electing him as the next PM people...
  • BJP plays air conditioned and industralised politics: Rahul Gandhi October 24, 2013

    Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday slammed Bharatiya Janata Party's 'Indian Shinning' campaign, accusing the party of suppressing the voice of people and instead claiming that it was working for their development. Calling the BJP of being antipoor, Rahul claimed that the Congress was working at the ground level for...
  • Congress compares Modi to Hitler; BJP hits back, calls Indira a dictator October 20, 2013

    New Delhi: The war of words between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress hit a new low with both the parties targeting leaders from the opposing camp. BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's Kanpur rally in Uttar Pradesh led to strong reactions from the Congress after the Gujarat Chief...
  • Rahul is born with a silver spoon, how would he know poverty: Modi October 19, 2013

    Kanpur: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate began his party's election campaign in Uttar Pradesh on Friday, providing a pointbypoint rebuttal to Congress' vice president Rahul Gandhi on development, Food Security Bill and on being propoor. Addressing a rally in Kanpur, Modi hit out at Rahul for taking credit for...
  • 10 hilarious Twitter reactions to Rahul Gandhi's recent speech October 18, 2013

    New Delhi: To reach out to the commoners and tribals in Shahdol (Madhya Pradesh), Rahul Gandhi used his speech to recollect the time when his mother Sonia Gandhi was in tears when she couldn't cast her vote in Lok Sabha for food security bill. "I will not go until the...
  • Sonia was breathless when she reached hospital from Parliament: Rahul Gandhi October 17, 2013

    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday that his mother Sonia Gandhi was breathless when she was rushed from Parliament to hospital two months ago. But although she was ill, "she was adamant that she wanted to vote in parliament" for the landmark Food Security Bill, which would ensure cheap...
  • Rahul bats for farmers, sees Amethi as future farm hub October 7, 2013

    Noting that farmers are suffering due to problems in the food supply chain, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, on Monday, said there is need for ensuring better compensation for the farmers against their produce. Rahul, who laid foundation stone of a mega food park in Jagdishpur here, said that right from...
  • Bihar's food subsidy to double, says Jairam Ramesh October 6, 2013

    Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said Bihar's food subsidy and foodgrain allocation would be doubled under the National Food Security Bill. "Bihar's food subsidy will increase from Rs.5,500 crore to Rs.11,500 crore and allocation of foodgrain will increase from 28 lakh tonnes to 56 lakh tonnes," Ramesh said...
  • Rahul Gandhi to hold two rallies in Aligarh, Rampur on October 9 October 1, 2013

    While confusion prevails on the fate of rallies of Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the Congress has gone ahead and decided to hold two rallies for Rahul Gandhi in the state. The Gandhi scion and Congress vicepresident would be addressing the two rallies at Aligarh and Rampur on...
  • Congress to hold public rallies to advertised UPA's achievement September 30, 2013

    In a bid to reach out to the people with the UPA government's two flagship legislations on food security and land acquisition, the Uttar Pradesh Congress would organise rallies across the state beginning October 9. Congress vicepresident Rahul Gandhi will address the rallies in Aligarh and Rampur on October 9, said...
  • I don't mind giving in to pressure if it is legitimate: Ramesh on Land Bill amendments September 16, 2013

    New Delhi: Asserting that the government went out of its way to accommodate the concerns of MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the Land Bill, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said, "I don't mind giving in to pressure, if the pressure is legitimate". In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN's Rupashree Nanda,...
  • Rahul Gandhi deserves all the credit for the Land Bill: Jairam Ramesh September 16, 2013

    New Delhi: Claiming that the Congress Vice President deserved all the credit for the Land Bill, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said Rahul Gandhi made three crucial suggestions - there should be one law for land acquisition and rehabilitation, livelihood losers should also be compensated and also the change in the...
  • Govt notifies Food Security Bill September 15, 2013

    Government has notified the landmark food security legislation, giving a legal right on highly subsidised foodgrains to 67 per cent of the country's population. The Lok Sabha had passed the Bill on August 26, while the Rajya Sabha gave its nod on September 2. President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to...
  • Will Vadra's land dealings cast a shadow on Cong's hard sell Land Bill? September 15, 2013

    New Delhi: Asserting that the Congress Vice President deserved all the credit for the Land Bill, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said Rahul Gandhi made three crucial suggestions - there should be one law for land acquisition and rehabilitation, livelihood losers should also be compensated and also the change in the...
  • Don't want anyone to sleep hungry, says Rahul Gandhi September 10, 2013

    Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said that the government wants to give food security to the people. He added that they do not want anyone to sleep hungry. He also said that food security has to be given and the funds that are needed will be organized for this, he...
  • Congress prepares to hard sell the land law and along with it, Rahul September 8, 2013

    The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Re-settlement is UPA's 6th milestone in a series of laws that follow a rights based approach towards governance after the Right to Information (2005), the MNREGA (2005), the Forests Rights Act (2006), the Right to Education (2009), the...
  • After losing 44 hours of work, Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die September 7, 2013

    Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die on Saturday after a month-long Monsoon Session which saw passage of 18 legislations, including the landmark Food Security Bill and Land Acquisition Bill, but lost 44 hours of work due to disturbances over various issues. "There were spells of calm and fury," Chairman Hamid Ansari...
  • Food Security Bill will not benefit every poor, says Buddhadeb September 4, 2013

    Criticising the UPA government for not bringing in a full proof Food Security Bill, CPI(M) politburo member Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Wednesday said the bill would not provide food to each and every poor of the country. "They (Congress) are creating a hype over the bill. But this bill is not at...
  • Parliament clears Sonia's pet Food Security Bill, Cong eyes poll gain September 3, 2013

    New Delhi: The United Progressive Alliance government Chairperson Sonia Gandhi's dream project, the Food Security Bill, has been passed by the Rajya Sabha on Monday night paving the way for it to become a law and give the ruling alliance a powerful electoral issue in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls....
  • Food bill should recognise panchayats' role, demands Mani Shankar Aiyar September 2, 2013

    New Delhi: Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Monday demanded that the guidelines on the Food Security Bill should recognise the role of panchayats in distrubution of food grain to the beneficiaries. Aiyar, who is a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha, said he supported the bill but Food Minister KV Thomas...
  • Sonia Gandhi likely to leave for US today for medical check-up September 2, 2013

    Congress president Sonia Gandhi is travelling to the US for a medical check-up, a senior party leader said on Sunday. "Her going to the US for medical check-up is due," he said but declined to give any details when asked about reports that she may by flying out on Monday...