This historical National Food Security Bill, 2013 was passed in the Lok Sabha on 25 August 2013. It promises to give right to the country's 80 crore people to get 5 kg of foodgrains every month at Rs 1-3 per kg.

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Ram Kumar, 36, a construction worker from Bihar's Madhubani district, does not have a ration card although he falls below the poverty line.

The UPA-II government’s flagship programme, the Food Security Bill, which comes with a neat price tag of Rs 1.23 lakh crore, holds the promise of eradicating hunger.