Poverty Politics

National Advisory Council, with Sonia Gandhi back in the saddle, has been revitalized. It is to play a pivotal role in Govt.’s decision on legislation for Right to Food. Empowered Group of Ministers led by Pranab Mukherjee has asked Planning Commission to come out with criteria for defining poverty. However before planning Commission comes out with final word on this, NAC is likely to discuss the issue. It is likely to cover several issues including specific vulnerable groups as well as broadening the ambit of food security from just cheap food grains to pulses, edible oil, etc.


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