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Riding on Land, Food bills, Cong to revive garibi hatao

Statesman News Service |

press trust of india
New Delhi, 1 September
With Lok Sabha polls just eight months away, Congress plans to go to town on the Food Security and Land Acquisition Bills with the message that Mrs Sonia Gandhi is taking forward the garibi hatao plank championed by Indira Gandhi.
As part of preparations for a massive propaganda drive on the key measures, the Congress is organising a workshop for its spokespersons and TV panelists on the Land Acquisition Bill to explain the benefits of the proposed legislation. Similar exercise on the Food Security Bill was undertaken recently by the AICC.
The two Bills, passed by Lok Sabha and are expected to get the approval of Rajya Sabha this week, are seen by the ruling party as a “game changer” in the general elections.
Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh will be explaining the benefits of the proposed legislation at the workshop tomorrow organised by party General Secretary Ajay Maken who heads the AICC Communication Department.
Maken said the idea behind the workshop was to propagate the “good work” done by the UPA and take the “positive work” of the government to people.
After the workshop, plans are afoot to send the spokespersons to various states to apprise PCC office-bearers about the proposed legislation and also address media conferences.
The earlier workshop on the Food Bill had seen food and consumer affairs minister K V Thomas explaining to the spokespersons the nuances of the much-touted legislation to educate them on the right-based scheme.
A booklet with ready talking points has also been brought out to propagate the measure.
The refrain of party leaders like Information and Broadcasting Minister, Manish Tewari, is that the Food Security and Land Acquisition Bills are two landmark initiatives taken by the UPA government, and have no parallels in history.
 Grain-distribution starts: Distribution of food grains under the ambitious Food Security Programme formally began in the national capital today with Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit offering the entitlement to identified beneficiaries in several areas.
The CM distributed the food grains to the beneficiaries at Lakshmibai Nagar, South Kidwai Nagar, Krishna Menon Marg and Copernicus Marg in central Delhi. She said the Delhi government will provide benefits to 73.5 lakh people out of a population of 1.68 crore in the capital.