Addressing the special session on "India's food security and the second green revolution" at CII's annual general Meeting and National Conference here, Professor Thomas said: "This is no mean task, a task being accomplished in the second most populated country in the world. All the while, it has been a satisfying journey. The responsibility is not just of the Central Government but equally of the States/UTs. I am sure together we can fulfil this dream. The day is not far off, when India will be known the world over for this important step towards eradication of hunger, malnutrition and resultant poverty."
Thomas further said that the National Food Security Bill will revolutionize the food distribution system in the country.
"By providing food security to 75 percent of the rural and 50 percent of the urban population with focus on nutritional needs of children, pregnant and lactating women, the National Food Security Bill will revolutionize food distribution system," he said.
"It will lead to massive PDS reforms including doorstep delivery of food grains, end-to-end computerisation, leveraging "aadhaar", etc. PDS will become more transparent and subject to grievance redressal at appropriate levels with provisions for penalties and compensation," he added.
Asserting that agriculture must be on the top of our developmental agenda, Thomas said: If we fail in ensuring a vibrant agriculture in our country, all other developments, be they in industry, science and technology, IT, etc. will not help us becoming the world power that we want to become.
"As we all know, India being an agricultural country, agriculture must be on the top of our developmental agenda. I am sure, all our collective efforts will ensure that agriculture gets the place it deserves, and with its success, we as a nation will succeed, too, " he added.