Food security can bring inflation under control: Brinda Karat

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New Delhi, Aug. 26 (ANI): Politburo member Brinda Karat on Wednesday said that food security could bring inflation under control.

Addressing a convention for the right to food and against price rise in national capital, Karat said one of their proposals is to consider food security as an important base to control inflation.

"Food security is not just associated to distribution system. As per the definition of food security there should be a provision for every person to live a healthy life. In that regard, this proposal states that that an important base of food security is to bring inflation under control," Karat said.

A drought like situation in many states of the country has led to a hike in prices of essential commodities including vegetables and pulses.

With output of rice and oilseeds expected to drop, food prices have risen at annual rates of more than 10 percent in early August, although the country's wholesale price index has shown a year-on-year decline for 10 weeks in a row.

Brinda said that her party didn't UPA Government's food security bill in its present form.

"We are against scrapping of Antodaya and limiting the food security to below poverty line (BPL) families. We don't agree to government's proposal of cutting down the allocation of food grains from 35 kg to 25 kg. We criticise all such proposals," said Karat.

Antodaya Aana Yojana was a scheme launched to provide special food based assistance to destitute households.

The National Food Security Bill aims to remove hunger and malnourishment. (ANI)

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