Manifestly, implementing the Bill is going to strain India fiscally. Although lowest estimates are in the range of Rs 30,000 crore, Food Minister has estimated an expenditure of Rs 300,000 crore for buying food grains and creating the infrastructure.
But is this too much a price to pay for keeping so many of our countrymen hungry and malnourished? That is the nub of the NAC’s argument. Yes, no Indian should go hungry but good intentions do not automatically translate into good policy prescriptions. To put it bluntly, the current food security bill is incapable of providing food security.