National Food Security Bill 2013 introduced in Lok Sabha
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The Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister K.V.
Thomas on 7 August 2013 introduced National Food Security Bill 2013 in
Lok Sabha. This was done to replace the National Food Security
Ordinance, 2013 which was promulgated by the order of the President of
India, Pranab Mukherjee on 5 July 2013.
The National Food Security Bill is an initiative for ensuring food and nutritional security to the people. It gives right to the people to receive adequate quantity of food grains at affordable prices.
The Bill has special focus on nutritional support to poorest of the poor, women and children. In case of non-supply of food grains, now people will get Food Security Allowance.
Highlights of the National Food Security Bill 2013
1. Coverage of two thirds population to get highly susidized foodgrains: Up to 75 percent of the rural population and 50 percent of the urban population will have uniform entitlement of 5 kg food grains per month at highly subsidized prices of Rs. 3, Rs. 2, Rs. 1 per kg for rice, wheat, coarse grains respectively.
2. Poorest of the poor continue to get 35 kg per household: The poorest of poor households would continue to receive 35 Kg food grains per household per month under Antyodaya Anna Yajna at subsidized prices of Rs 3, Rs 2 and Rs 1.
3. Eligible households to be identified by the States: Corresponding to the coverage of 75 percent rural and 50 percent of urban population at
all India level, State wise coverage will be determined by the Planning
Commission. The work of identification of eligible households is left to the
States/UTs, which may