Raising serious questions about the efficacy and implementation of food security law in the country, opposition members asked the government about the number of people deprived of cheap food grain due to lack of Aadhaar number or mismatch in their biometric data.
During the question hour in Rajya Sabha, CPI (M) member Tapan Sen inquired with the food and consumer affairs minister whether any such information was available with the government.
Tapan Sen said: “As per my information thirty per cent intended beneficiaries are excluded from the coverage of food law due to lack of Aadhaar or due to mismatch in their bio metric data.”
Responding to his queries, food and consumers affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan said the law provides for coverage of two third citizens.
He also clarified that Aadhaar was not made compulsory for availing the food grain under the food law.
He said the government was able to cover 79 crore people out of total 81 crore intended beneficiaries.
Consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan some intended beneficiaries have been left out of the coverage in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar these states have not provided updated data base.
In response to a question by Kiranmay Nanda, Samajwadi Party member from Uttar Pradesh, Paswan informed the house that fifty lakh people have been left out of the food coverage in Uttar Pradesh as the state has not sent the names of intended beneficiaries.