National Food Security: Steps to implement Food Security Act effectively

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New Delhi: Government has enacted the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) on 10.09.2013 which has deemed to have come into force on 05.07.2013. Under NFSA, responsibility of Central Government is mainly to allocate foodgrains at subsidized prices to the States/UTs for entitlements under the Act. It is the responsibility of State Governments to take delivery of allocated foodgrains from the designated depots, organize its intra-State allocation for delivery upto door-step of fair price shops and ensure actual delivery of foodgrains to entitled persons, which are also to be identified by State Governments. Accordingly, in order to ensure proper implementation of the Act, States/UTs are impressed upon to ensure proper identification of beneficiaries through a transparent and participative process, delivery of foodgrains by designated State agencies upto the door-steps of fair price shops, availability of adequate scientific storage facilities at various levels, end-to-end computerisation of Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) operations and setting up of effective grievance redressal mechanism, among others. This information was given by the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister said that based on the preparedness and identification of beneficiaries reported by 11 States/UTs, allocation of foodgrains under the Act has started to them, details of which are at Annexure. District-wise list of beneficiaries is not maintained. Remaining 25 States/UTs, including Uttar Pradesh, have not completed all the preparatory measures required for implementation of the Act, and foodgrains allocation under existing TPDS is continuing in these States/UTs.

He said that NFSA also stipulates providing assistance to States in meeting the expenditure incurred by them towards intra-State movement and handling of foodgrains and margins paid to fair price shop dealers. It has also been decided to provide one-time financial assistance for non building assets for State Food Commission, in case a State decides to set up State Food Commission on exclusive basis. No assistance has been given to any State/UT for these items.

 

Source: PIB

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