Food security bill to empower women

Women will be recognised as head of household; decision on grains export soon


Sweta Ranjan | June 29, 2011

The government is all set to finalise the structure of the food security bill, food minister K V Thomas said on Wednesday.

The food security bill will recognise the woman as the head of the family for households that are set to benefit from it.

"Woman as the head of the household is a step towards empowering the poor women," union water resources minister Salman Khursid, who was also present, said.

Thomas said that the final shape of the bill will be decided considering. both national advisory council (NAC) and economic advisory council (EAC) recommendations.

"An empowered group of ministers (EGoM) will take a decision on the final shape," the minister said.

On the issue of food grains export, Thomas said that the ministry would only decide after the EGoM gave its final comments on the food security bill.



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