The Congress President held discussions with Congress chief ministers on how to implement the food scheme seeking to provide cheap food-grains to 82 crore people, for which an ordinance was promulgated last week. The meeting was held at a time when the party is preparing for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Congress is hopeful that people would give it another mandate as the Centre has implemented various land mark welfare schemes like MNREGA, direct benefits transfer and Food Security.
Delhi, where assembly polls are due by year-end, will be the first state to launch the scheme on August 20, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Besides Congress CMs, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, party vice president Rahul Gandhi, food minister K V Thomas, AICC general secretaries and Core Group members were present in the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to ensure that the scheme is implemented in the best possible manner with Congress-ruled states becoming role models in implementation of the food security measure.
Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme and the Food Security Act are being considered as major legislations by the Congress led UPA-II government at the centre as was the farmers' loan waiver scheme and MNREGA announced in UPA-I. The loan waiver and MNREGA schemes were credited among other things for return of UPA to power in 2009.