Food Security bill
India to overcome its poverty and malnutrition has launched National Food Security Act 2013 (NSA 2013). It is also called as right to food act whose...
India to overcome its poverty and malnutrition has launched National Food Security Act 2013 (NSA 2013). It is also called as right to food act whose main aim was to provide food grains to subsidised food grains to approximately two thirds of India's 1.2 billion people. It was signed into law on September 12, 2013, retroactive to July 5, 2013 It converts into legal entitlements for existing food security programmes of the Government of India.
It includes the Midday Meal Scheme, Integrated Child Development Services scheme and the Public Distribution System. Further, the NFSA 2013 recognises maternity entitlements. The Midday Meal Scheme and the Integrated Child development Services Scheme are universal in nature whereas the PDS will reach about two-thirds of the population.
Under the provisions of the bill, beneficiaries of the Public Distribution System (or, PDS) are entitled to 5 kilograms (11 lb) per person per month of cereals at the following prices:
- Rice at Rs 3/kg
- Wheat at Rs 2/kg
- Coarse grains (millet) at Rs 1 per kg.
The bill has been highly controversial. It was introduced into India's parliament on December 22, 2011, promulgated as a presidential ordinance on July 5, 2013, and enacted into law on September 12, 2013.