statesman news service  
NEW DELHI, 13 JULY: Underlining the significance of the National Food Security Ordinance, promulgated last week by the Centre, in the Congress scheme of things in the run-up to crucial state Assembly polls and general elections in coming months, the party president Mrs Sonia Gandhi today asked the chief ministers of party-ruled states to pull up their socks and fast-track their implementation in their respective states.  
To deliberate on the significance, scope and implementation of the food security law, Mrs Gandhi held a special meeting of 13 Congress CMs, members of the party Core Group, and All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretaries at her residence here this morning.   
The Prime Minister, Mr Manmohan Singh, and the Congress vice-president Mr Rahul Gandhi also attended the two-hour-long meeting during which the Union food minister Mr K V Thomas made a presentation on the salient features of the food security Ordinance.  The chief minister of poll-bound Delhi, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, has already declared her plan to roll out the Ordinance’s implementation from 20 August, the birth anniversary of the late PM Rajiv Gandhi. At today’s meeting, the Haryana CM Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced that he will launch its implementation from 20 August, according to the AICC general secretary, Mr Ajay Maken.
“Other CMs also assured Mrs Gandhi that they would ensure its implementation as soon as possible in their respective states,” Mr Maken said.
Mrs Gandhi stressed on the significance of this law for a large section of people.