The National Food Security Act (NFSA), which entails supply of subsidised foodgrains, has been implemented across the country, the Centre said recently in a press conferene.
Implementation of National Food Security law means an annual subsidy of over Rs 1.4 lakh crore. As many as 80 crore people are covered under this law across 36 states and Union Territories.
“When we came to power, food law was being implemented in only 11 states. Now, Kerala and Tamil Nadu have also rolled out the NFSA from November. With this, now the Act has been implemented in all the States and Union Territories,” Ram Vilas Paswan, Food Minister, said in a press conference.
Under the law, which was passed by Parliament in 2013, the government provides 5 kg of highly subsidised foodgrains per person, per month at Rs 1-3 per kg.
On the subsidy outgo, Paswan said: “It will be Rs 11,726 crore per month or about Rs 1,40,700 crore annually.”
Reiterating that the government is prepared for the important step, he said: “Foodgrains have been allocated. Under this law 80 crore people are being covered.”
Paswan said the Centre would now focus on further reforms in the public distribution system.