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Jaya wants Karuna’s answers on Food Bill

Statesman News Service |

CHENNAI, 10 AUG: Slamming M Karunanidhi for his stand on the Food Security Bill, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today asked the DMK chief whether his party would move amendments as sought by him and vote against the legislation if no changes were made.
Mr Karunanidhi had yesterday said his party would support the Bill only if the Centre brought required amendments and ensured the state’s existing rights were not affected. “Is he aware that if the Bill is passed, about one lakh tonne of food supply to the state would get reduced?,” Miss Jayalalithaa asked in a statement. She also sought to know whether the DMK would present the proposed amendments to the Bill during the ongoing session of the Parliament.
Observing that the Bill was against the existing public distribution system in the state, she said, there was a provision in the Bill that a kilo of rice would be given for Rs 3 only for three years. pti