Chennai: Reiterating chief minister J. Jayalalithaa’s stand on Union government’s Food Security Bill, Tamil Nadu food minister R. Kamaraj on Wednesday said the state should be exempted from the proposed scheme.
Participating in the meeting of food ministers on National Food Security Bill, chaired by Union food minister K. V. Thomas in New Delhi, Tamil Nadu food minister R. Kamaraj described the scheme as ‘unacceptable’ and it would lead to further scarcity of foodgrain in deficit states like TN.
“Tamil Nadu should be allowed to continue with the existing UPDS system as it is more effective and, robust and time tested. TN CM has expressed her reservation on the Bill as it will deprive the state’s entitlement of present food grain allotment,” said Kamaraj. TN is now being allotted 2.96 lakh metric tonnes per month, but in the changed dispensation under the proposed scheme entitlement will come down to 2.24 metric tonnes.