Last word Matriarchal strategy
OUR BUREAU New Delhi If Minister of State for Food K V Thomas has his say in the Food Security Bill, the eldest woman and not the patriarch will be designated the head of the family in the ration car
He felt this shift from the current practice is necessary as the draft bill he has forwarded to the Union Cabinet for tabling during Parliamentalt39s winter session contemplates cash transfers whenever the government is unable to provide the assured foodgrains.
By making woman the head of the family, Thomas wants to ensure that men do not fritter away the money given to buy foodgrains from open market in drinking and gambling.
Name of the oldest woman in the house is proposed to be put in the card as the ” head of family.” The only condition is that she should be an adult, that is over 18 years in age. She will be designated the head even if men in the house are older.
Thomas points out that certain states have already opted for cash transfer schemes and if women are listed as heads of families, the money would go to them as they can make better use of it in buying family ration from markets.
Even the National Advisory Council ( NAC) did not think of empowering women in its draft bill for the food guarantee to all, but its chairperson Sonia Gandhi will certainly be too happy to endorse the initiative of Thomas, a Congress MP from Kerala.
Thomas has also ordered computerisation of the ration cards for benefits from the public distribution system ( PDS) as he plans to put them in public domain to plug the menace of bogus card- holders.
NAME of the oldest woman in the house is proposed to be put in the card as the ” head of family”