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States/UTs identify 80.72 crore beneficiaries for subsidised food

The National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) provides for coverage of 75% of the rural and 50% of the urban population for receiving foodgrains at highly subsidised prices

States/UTs identify 80.72 crore beneficiaries for subsidised food

In order to provide foodgrains at subsidised prices of Rs.1, Rs. 2 and Rs. 3 per kg for coarse grains, wheat and rice respectively, the States and Union Territories (UT), under National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA), have identified 80.72 crore beneficiaries. This was informed by CR Chaudhary, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution in Rajya Sabha on Friday.

The NFSA, provides for coverage of 75% of the rural and 50% of the urban population for receiving foodgrains at highly subsidised prices. Coverage under the Act is under two categories- households covered under the Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and remaining households as priority households.

The Act is being implemented in all the States and UTs and foodgrains as per provisions of the Act, are being allocated for 80.72 crore persons. This includes 2.36 crore families belonging to AAY category.

Under NFSA, there is no provision for any Commission at the national level or district level. The Act provides for State Food Commission (SFC) in every State and UT, for monitoring and reviewing the implementation of the Act. The total expenditure on SFC depends on terms and conditions of appointment of chairperson and members of the Commission as determined by the State government, the staff support to the Commission, other expenditure and therefore differs from State to State. Central government provides one time Central assistance of upto Rs.50 lakh for non-building assets for the State Food Commission.

Number of persons identified by States/UTs for coverage under NFSA

S.No.

Name of the States/UTs

Number of persons identified (In lakh)

1

Andhra Pradesh

268.23

2

Arunachal Pradesh

8.21

3

Assam

251.63

4

Bihar

857.12

5

Chhattisgarh

200.77

6

Delhi

72.73

7

Goa

5.32

8

Gujarat

382.54

9

Haryana

126.49

10

Himachal Pradesh 

28.64

11

Jammu & Kashmir

74.13

12

Jharkhand

263.70

13

Karnataka 

401.93

14

Kerala

154.80

15

Madhya Pradesh

546.42

16

Maharashtra

700.17

17

Manipur

21.58

18

Meghalaya

21.47

19

Mizoram

6.68

20

Nagaland

14.05

21

Odisha

323.47

22

Punjab

141.45

23

Rajasthan

446.62

24

Sikkim

3.79

25

Tamil Nadu

357.34

26

Telangana

191.62

27

Tripura

24.83

28

Uttar Pradesh

1499.83

29

Uttarakhand

61.958

30

West Bengal

601.84

31

A&N

0.54

32

Daman & Diu

0.88

33

Dadra & Nagar Haveli

2.08

34

Lakshadweep

0.22

35

Chandigarh

2.77

36

Puduchery

6.16

 

Total

8072.00

 

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