Food Security

  • Food security: South Africa backs India's stance at WTO September 7, 2014

    New Delhi: South Africa supports India's stance at WTO on public food stock holding issue as developing nations have responsibility to ensure that "those who are not able to feed themselves" are brought under the food security net, said South African High Commissioner to India FK Morule. "The developing countries which...
  • India confident WTO will understand food security concerns August 5, 2014

    India refused to yield ground on Tuesday on its spat with the World Trade Organisation and said it believed it could convince other members that its need for more freedom on food subsidies was legitimate. Trade Minister Nirmala Sitharaman did not give details in a statement she made in parliament, but...
  • BJP accuses Congress of registering over 84 lakh people or families under FCA against national target August 1, 2014

    Ruling BJP government on Friday accused the former Congress government of registering over 84 lakh people or families under the Food Security Act against the national target. "In many districts including Baran, Dausa, Dungarpur, Dholpur, Pratapgarh, Jhalawar and Sawaimadhopur, the previous Congress government had registered people more than the population of...
  • Rural votes, old traumas drive India's WTO brinkmanship July 30, 2014

    New Delhi: With grain silos spilling over, exports on the rise and an avowed market champion for prime minister, India's threat to trash a global trade deal in the name of food security appears puzzling. But government officials say Prime Minister Narendra Modi is prepared to brazen out global outrage to...
  • Rawat asks officials to ensure proper distribution in food scheme July 22, 2014

    Amid complaints that some beneficiaries of National Food Security Scheme have not got their cards in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Tuesday asked officials to ensure their proper distribution and see that food items reach families identified under the scheme. "No family covered under the plan should stay deprived of...
  • Rajasthan aims 6,500 MW power in next five years: Budget July 14, 2014

    Stating that the cumulative loss of three power distribution companies in the state stood at Rs 75,000 crore as on March 31, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Monday said the state aims to generate capacity addition of 6,500 MW power in next five years. Three DISCOMs, Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam...
  • Speaker calls for an all party meet over indiscipline in Bihar House July 4, 2014

    Taking note of the angry exchanges between ruling JD(U) and BJP legislators during discussion on Food Security Act in the Assembly on Thursday, an all party meeting has been called on Friday to avoid such a situation in the future for smooth functioning of the House. As the House sat for...
  • Implementation of Food Security Act extended by 3 months June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: After a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Food and Supplies Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday announced that the states and union territories have been given three months to implement the National Food Security Act. "The food security law came into force on July 5, 2013. As...
  • Bihar Food minister Shyam Rajak rebuts Ramvilas Paswan charges June 10, 2014

    Bihar Food minister Shyam Rajak on Monday rebutted Union Food and Public Distribution minister Ramvilas Paswan allegation that state government adopted a lackadaisical approach towards implementation of Food Security Act. "Paswan should check facts with his officials before making any statement," Rajak said in a release strongly contesting the allegations made...
  • Haryana: Rs 52.11 crore approved under food security mission May 26, 2014

    Chandigarh: Haryana government has approved Rs 52.11 crore for state food security mission for 2014-15 to encourage cultivation of food grains and cereals in the state. This initiative would help encourage production and subsidisation of wheat, pulses, coarse cereals and commercial crops like sugarcane and cotton, an official spokesman said. Training...
  • National food security scheme to be implemented from June 30 May 12, 2014

    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has issued orders for completion of all formalities related to effective implementation of National Food Security scheme in the state by June 30. All the bottlenecks in distribution of ration cards under the scheme should be removed within a week and nodal officers for the purpose...
  • 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...
  • Patnaik ridicules Congress over Food Security Act, targets BJP April 12, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Terming Congress and BJP as "anti-Odisha", ruling BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik on Saturday ridiculed Congress for implementing Food Security Act just before expiry of the UPA government's tenure at the Centre. "Though the Congress in its manifesto in 2009 had promised to bring a food security bill, it enacted the...
  • 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...
  • Congress to release manifesto for 2014 LS polls on March 21 March 14, 2014

    Congress President Sonia Gandhi will release on March 21 the party's manifesto for Lok Sabha polls which is expected to promise some new right-based laws for health and employment besides specific pronouncements for employment generation and focus on manufacturing sector. "Our manifesto is nearing finality. We will release it on March...
  • Kejriwal not declared as AAP's PM candidate: Patkar March 10, 2014

    Social activist and AAP candidate from Mumbai North-East seat, Medha Patkar on Monday said that although Arvind Kejriwal is the "best person" to become the prime minister, AAP has not declared him for the top post as doing so before the Lok Sabha polls is "unconstitutional". "Kejriwal is the best...
  • Food security not an issue if resources are managed well: Ahluwalia February 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Sustainable food security will not a problem if scarce resources like water and energy are managed well, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said on Saturday. "The essence of whole concept of sustainability is how you handle things. So, in my view energy and water are scarce resources....
  • Rahul Gandhi interacts with tribal women, urges them to join politics February 7, 2014

    Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday held an interaction with tribal women in Jharkhand who urged him that they should get proper representation in Parliament and Assembly elections. "Women should get proper representation in Parliament and Assembly elections," a woman told reporters after the interaction at a hotel. "All of us...
  • 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...
  • Nitish Kumar implements Food Security Scheme in Bihar February 1, 2014

    Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whose party JD(U) had voted in support of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government's Food Bill in 2013, inaugurated the Food Security Scheme in Patna on Saturday. Nitish Kumar had earlier assured that the groundwork for launching the scheme was underway and that his government...
  • Election results could impact growth prospects: Moody's January 16, 2014

    Global ratings agency Moody's, on Thursday, said India's economic recovery is likely to be slow in the second half of 2014, but the outcome of general elections could have an impact on the growth prospects. Without specifically mentioning about India, Moody's Investors Service also said that sovereign ratings in South and...
  • HC seeks government reply on a PIL on Food Security Act implementation January 9, 2014

    The Allahabad High Court has asked Uttar Pradesh government to file its response to a Public Interest Litigation seeking implementation of the Food Security Act in the state. The order was passed on Tuesday by a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chandrachud and Justice Dilip Gupta on the PIL...
  • Maoists strike on Congress leaders brought infamy to Chhattisgarh December 25, 2013

    The worst-ever Maoist strike on political class wiping off the state's Congress top brass and rape of minor tribal girls in a residential school brought infamy to Chhattisgarh, which in the fag end of 2013 saw a power-packed assembly election in which BJP retained power. Raman Singh joined the elite club...
  • 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...
  • Rice distribution 'game-changer' for Raman Singh in Assembly polls December 10, 2013

    Distribution of rice at subsidised price to poor families in Chhattisgarh seems to have done the trick for Raman Singh, the 'Chaur wale baba' (rice man) who proved wrong all political analysis and opinion polls to emerge victorious for the third consecutive term in the state. The Chhattisgarh Food Security Act,...
  • Major victory at WTO, no threat to food security plan: Sharma December 6, 2013

    Bali: In a major victory for India, the WTO on Friday agreed to allow countries to provide subsidy on staple food crops without any threat of punitive action, a concession that salvaged the current round of world trade talks from the brink of collapse. After burning the midnight oil and tough...
  • Don't take a stand at WTO meet, will jeopardise our welfare schemes: Raman Singh to PM December 5, 2013

    Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Wednesday said an unfavourable agreement at the ongoing WTO meet in Bali could "seriously impair" implementation of Food Security Act in the country, as he vouched his support for the "non-negotiable" stand taken by India. Singh, who wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday,...
  • India refuses to trade food security at WTO meet in Bali December 4, 2013

    Sticking to its position that food security was non-negotiable 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 non-negotiable," 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...