Amid talk of the government taking the ordinance route to implement its ambitious National Food Security Bill, Food Minister K V Thomas Thursday met Law Minister Kapil Sibal and discussed available options. Thomas, however, is not keen on an ordinance.

Thomas told The Indian Express that the Food Ministry has proposed various options, including a special session of Parliament to discuss and pass the legislation. "We have various options before us and all discussed with the Law Minister," he said.

While the permanent court of arbitration at The Hague has given a green signal to India to go ahead with the 330 MW Kishanganga hydel project in Jammu and Kashmir, New Delhi is faced with yet anoth

The Parliamentary Standing Committee examining the National Food Security Bill is considering to recommend to the government to do away with the categorisation of “general” and “priority” (similar to the below poverty line) households in the legislation and provide uniform food guarantee to 75 per cent of the rural population and 50 per cent of the urban population.

Keeping in mind the fiscal implications, the committee is likely to suggest bringing down the food grain entitlements from 7 kg per person per month which is proposed in the Bill to five kg per person per month.