Agartala: The Left Front government in Tripura Tuesday said that the National Food Security (NFS) Bill is against the interests of the poor and the middle class as it weakens the public distribution system (PDS).
“We would strongly oppose the NFS bill as it would deprive the middle, lower middle class and poor people in getting foodgrain through the PDS (public distribution system),” state Food and Civil Supplies Minister Manik Dey said.
He also said if the bill is passed, people belonging to above poverty line (APL) families would about lose their right to get foodgrain and essentials through ration shops at subsidised rates.
The minister also supposed that the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government has been trying to withdraw the PDS and encouraging black marketing of food items and vital commodities, which is leading to spiralling food prices.
The ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has also proclaimed to assume a week-long protest from Nov 1 to demand overhauling of the draft bill.
The UPA government is now seeking judgment of the state governments and all stakeholders about the proposed bill.