Food security bill: Asks Cong ministers to raise it in Cabinet

Srinagar: Congress has asked its ministers in the state Cabinet to raise and put in their efforts to implement Food Security Bill in Jammu and Kashmir, a local news agency said Sunday.
“Sources in Congress said in a marathon meeting held on June 20 evening at the Zethyar residence of Ghulam Nabi Azad which lasted for over four and a half hours discussed the party’s strategy to approach the people ahead of Assembly elections. The meeting which started at 6 pm and concluded at 10:30 pm was attended by all party ministers in the state Cabinet besides PCC president Saiffudin Soz,” the KNS said.
The meeting discussed the strategy and issues with which the party will approach people and seek their votes in upcoming Assembly elections. Azad expressed concern over the non-availability of ration to people living in hilly and Kandi areas of the state.
“Sources added that Azad raised issues of infrastructural development specifically implementation of food security bill which will provide ration at the lowest cost of Rs 1 per kilogram to people falling under below poverty line and Rs 2 and Rs 3 to people above poverty line in the state,” the KNS said.
Azad asked the Congress ministers in the state to “raise and implement the Food Security bill in the state as has been implemented in rest of the country. Azad also laid emphasis on upgradation of schools and primary health centres in the state.”
Both Azad and Soz flew to New Delhi on Saturday to apprise the Congress president Sonia Gandhi in a meeting which was attended by incharge Jammu and Kashmir affairs Ambika Soni. The meeting decided to hold a crucial meeting which will be chaired by Soni at SKICC on June 23. While Prof Soz has returned to Srinagar, Azad and Soni are arriving in Srinagar on Monday.