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India Food Security Bill Approved by Lok Sabha

29 August 2013

INDIA - The National Food Security Bill, a historic initiative for ensuring food and nutritional security to the people was passed by Lok Sabha (House of the People) this week.

According to the amendments approved by the house State Governments’ existing foodgrain entitlements will be protected legally subject to it being restricted to average annual off take during last three years. Earlier it was proposed to be protected by an executive order.

The Bill proposes to provide wheat and rice at Rs 2 and Rs 3 per kg to about 81 crore people, while under the existing Targeted Public Distribution System only 2.5 crore Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) families or about 32.5 crore persons (assuming five as the average household size) are getting foodgrains at these prices.

Therefore the population getting foodgrains at these highly subsidized prices as their legal right will increase to 67 per cent from the existing 27 per cent.

Another amendment now provides one year to states for implementation of the Food Bill instead of six months.

In total ten amendments have been approved by the Lok Sabha in the National Food Security Bill which was introduced in the house on August 7, 2013 by Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister, Shri K.V.Thomas to replace the National Food Security Ordinance, 2013.


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