22nd September, 2018

Due to the National Food Security Act, 81.34 Crore Persons Will Receive Wheat At Rs. 2 Per Kg And Rice At Rs. 3 Per Kg

Due to the National Food Security Act, 81.34 Crore Persons Will Receive Wheat At Rs. 2 Per Kg And Rice At Rs. 3 Per Kg

In November, 2016 Tamil Nadu and Kerala listed their names under National Food Security Act (NFSA).

This helped the act to be implemented in all Union Territories and States. Due to this result, 81.34 crore persons are likely to receive wheat at Rs. 2 per kg and rice at a mere amount of Rs. 3 per kg.

NFSA was said to be a powerful initiative for maintaining food security amount poorer section of the society. So, the addition of these two last states made it even more powerful, making it a truly nationwide campaign.

Food Security Program is Said To Cost the Centre Rs 1.4 Trillion a Year

Food Security Program is Said To Cost the Centre Rs 1.4 Trillion a Year

The recently rolled out National Food Security welfare program is said to cost the government an amount of Rs. 1.4 trillion, annually.

This is defined to be an ultra-cheap welfare program, which was previously introduced by Congress-led government.

It is said to cover nearly 75% of rural and 50% of urban areas across India. According to this new law as rolled out on November 1, 2016, beneficiaries, among the poor classes, are said to spend Rs.2 for wheat per kg, and Rs. 3 for rice.

Grains Distributed under Anna Bhagya Falls Short of Enough

Grains Distributed under Anna Bhagya Falls Short of Enough

The assessment survey of flagship program Anna Bhagya has recently revealed that maximum beneficiaries find the amount of food grains as distributed monthly is not quite enough.

Under Anna Bhagya, the BPL families will receive 5 kg of food grains free, per person for a month and 1 kg of sugar, salt, palm oil and 5 liters of kerosene at lower rates.

The Antyodaya Anna Yojana card holders will receive 35 kg food grains, free for a month. Nearly 73% of BPL beneficiaries and 50% of AAY families received said that this quantity is not enough for them.

However, the food and rations being sent in chains of Public Distributions Systems has frequently fallen short of the requisite quota. Especially in the South there have been complaints by lakhs of beneficiaries of not receiving their due benefits from the government.

Kerala to Issue New Ration Cards from February, 2017

Kerala to Issue New Ration Cards from February, 2017

P. Thilothaman, the Civil Supplies Minister, recently announced that new ration cards are to be distributed from February 1, 2017.

This new targeted Public Distributed System will be in effect from April 1, 2017. The BPL and APL categories are likely to be replaced with Non-priority and priority sections under the newly implemented National Food Security Act.

It was implemented in Kerala from November 1, 2016. Nearly 1.54 crore people are coming under priority list and will be able to receive food grains at much lower rates, as decided by the Centre.

Nearly 70% Of Ration Cards are Currently Linked up With Aadhaar Cards

Nearly 70% Of Ration Cards are Currently Linked up With Aadhaar Cards

Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Food Minister has said that nearly 70% of ration cards are currently linked up with Aadhar.

Otherwise, nearly 100% digitalization of current ration cards has already been completed. Over 81 crore people have received their noted subsidies under the National Food Security Act.

Quite soon, the nationwide beneficiaries, excluding in Tamil Nadu, will also start receiving subsidies. This was said by the Food Minister, while he was seen addressing a regional conference in Chandigarh.

Right Now National Food Security Act Covers the Entire Country

Right Now National Food Security Act Covers the Entire Country

After covering Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the National Food Security Act(2013) has finally covered the entire country.

Under this act, identified beneficiaries will receive 5kg of food grains every month. The scheme was launched during the earlier United Progressive Alliance regime.

At present, it covers nearly 813 million beneficiaries. It was only Tamil Nadu and Kerala where this scheme was not previously operational.

Under this National Food Security Act, 50% of urban and 75% of rural population will receive rice at Rs. 3 per kg and wheat at Rs.2 per kg.

UP CM Recently Hands Out Ration Cards With His Photograph on Them

UP CM Recently Hands Out Ration Cards With His Photograph on Them

Chief MinisterAkhilesh Yadav recently launched the National Food Security Scheme, by finally distributing ration cards, which bear the colors of Samajwadi Party and his photographs.

These ration cards were provided to some women at his Lucknow residence. The cards are supposed to be distributed to nearly 3.32 crore people, across state under this said scheme.

The women, who received such ration cards, even got either 5 kg or rice or wheat. Each of these bags even carried colorful pictures of CM Akhilesh Yadav.

Why Implementation of Food Security Act in the South is a Colossal Task?

Why Implementation of Food Security Act in the South is a Colossal Task?

On November 1, 2016 Kerala officially adopted the National Food Security. Tamil Nadu followed, after pressure by the Centre. Both the states had been resisting the implementation of the act since 2013.

However, sources said that its implementation will not turn out to be that easy. Complaints are already coming from various parts of the state regarding draft list of beneficiaries, who are eligible for subsidized food, as released by the state on October.

As per the recent survey, nearly 700,000 people have complained for being left out in the list.