press trust of india
New Delhi, 16 July
After party chief Mrs Sonia Gandhi’s interaction with Chief Ministers of the Congress-ruled states, Mr Rahul Gandhi will hold deliberations with PCC chiefs of all states on the “game changer” Food Security Bill on 27 July.
Mr Gandhi, who is the Congress Vice-President, will address the PCC chiefs of states, including those ruled by the Congress and those where they are the Opposition.
The 27 July meeting on the issue comes a fortnight after the Congress President asked chief ministers of the Congress-ruled states to expeditiously implement the food security scheme in “letter and spirit”.
In the meeting with 13 Congress chief ministers on Saturday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said bottlenecks, if any, in the implementation of the scheme will be removed.
The deliberations had seen a number of AICC General Secretaries and chief ministers raise concerns over the poor condition of Public Distribution System (PDS).
The aim of the meeting was to ensure that the scheme is implemented in the best possible manner with the Congress-ruled states becoming role models in implementation of the food security measure.
While Delhi has announced its decision to implement the scheme from 20 August, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had said in the meeting that he was also ready to roll out the scheme from the same day.
The measure is seen by the party as a “game changer” and these meetings are being held at a time when the party is preparing for the next Lok Sabha polls and is keen to reach out to the people with its populist measure.
A battery of Congress spokespersons is already on move in various states to hold workshops for the PCCs on food security issue and address press conferences at state headquarters.