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A draft Bill on food security by March- end.

THE National Advisory Council ( NAC), headed by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, has maintained that a near- universal food security regime will be possible if the Centre utilizes its own schemes and programmes to augment agricultural production. The NAC will continue to take comments from the public on the issue and will present a draft Food Security Bill to the Centre by the end of March.

" The government should endeavour to promote agrarian reform, and revitalise agriculture through ensuring remunerative prices, credit, irrigation, crop insurance and technical assistance; make efforts to prohibit unnecessary and unwarranted diversion of land and water from food production; and promote decentralised food production, procurement and distribution systems," says an explanatory note by the NAC. A detailed framework note and the explanatory note have been uploaded on the NAC website to elicit views from the public.

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Date:Feb 27, 2011
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