Current Affairs – August, 2013

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Food Bill: some States gain and some lose in allocation of food grain

Although the National Food Security Bill is still pending in the Parliament, the Centre has intimated to certain States that their food grain allocation would decline in spite of the mandatory 75 % rural and 50 % urban populations being covered under the proposed new law.

As per the new privilege, 17 States and UTs will gain and 18 will stand to lose slightly. Amongst the 18 States which would lose food grain allocation are Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Delhi, Uttarakhand and some north-eastern States.

The government intends to protect the current allocation for each State but the major concern is over the cost at which the Food Ministry will make additional grains available.

The Food Subsidy Bill is estimated at Rs. 1.24 lakh crore but the Centre is not willing to give States the additional food grains at the same subsidized rates. The Food Ministry is moving a proposal in Cabinet for provision of additional grains at the minimum support price given to farmers for wheat and paddy.

The Central issue price under the Food Security Bill for rice will be Rs. 3 per kg, for wheat Rs 2 per kg and for coarse cereals Re. 1 per kg.

Indian Parliament rejects Pakistan resolution against Indian Army

Screenshot_2The Indo-Pak political relations hit a new low due to recent border incidents. In a bitter exchange between the Parliaments of the two countries, both Houses of Indian Parliament together passed a stern-worded resolution rejecting and condemning the baseless and unsupported allegations made by Pakistan in its resolution against the Indian Army and the people of India.

What is the issue, why Indian Parliament rejected Pakistan’ resolution against Indian Army?

Recently, tension between the two nations escalated after the incident of unprovoked firing from the side of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) along the Line of Control (LoC) with India that killed 5 Indian soldiers. The incidence further strained the relations between the two nations with parliament of both sides alleging each other of unprovoked aggression. Pakistan passed a resolution in its parliament accusing Indian troops of “unprovoked aggression by Indian military forces“. Pakistan has rejected the involvement of its army in the LoC incident. The resolution by Pakistan also deplored the “unjustified public vilification of Pakistan in the Indian media”.

In retaliation to this, Indian parliament passed a counter-resolution against Pakistan which rejected the resolution passed by Pakistan’s National Assembly as making “absolutely baseless and unfounded allegations against the Indian Army and the people of India”.  It counter-alleged Pakistan Army of the unprovoked attack on an Indian Army patrol on the Indian side of the Line of Control. India has reiterated that the “entire state of Jammu and Kashmir including the territory forcibly and illegally occupied by Pakistan is an integral part of India and will always remain so”. The resolution also called upon Pakistan to abide by the 2003 ceasefire in letter and in spirit.

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