Seven States/UTs get allocations under National Food Security Act

New Delhi, January 18, 2014

The Centre has made foodgrain allocations to seven States and Union Territories (UTs) which have started implementing the National Food Security Act.
The States and UTs are Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh, an official press release said.
According to it, Uttarakhand and Chandigarh are also expected to join this group soon.
The people identified as beneficiaries by the State Governments will now get foodgrains at highly subsidized prices of Rs. 3/2/1 per kg for rice, wheat and coarse grains. Each beneficiary will get five kg of foodgrain per month.
However, existing entitlement of Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) households, which is 35 kg. per household per month, will be protected, since AAY constitute poorest of the poor, the release said.
The Centre has also decided to protect existing allocation of each state in case the allocation under the proposed legislation is lower than its current allocation. It will be protected upto the level of average offtake during the last three years, at prices to be determined by the Central Government.
With the implementation of the Act, pregnant women and lactating mothers and children in the age group of 6 months to 14 years will be entitled to meals as per prescribed nutritional norms under Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and Mid-Day Meal (MDM) schemes.
Higher nutritional norms have been prescribed for malnourished children upto 6 years of age.
Beside this, pregnant women and lactating mothers will also be entitled to receive maternity benefit of not less than Rs. 6,000.
The Act provides for declaring eldest woman of the household of age 18 years or above as the head of the household for the purpose of issuing of ration cards.
The Government has notified the National Food Security Act, 2013 on September10, 2013 to further strengthen the efforts to address the food security of the people.
The Act provides for coverage of upto 75% of the rural population and upto 50% of the urban population for receiving subsidized foodgrains under Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), thus covering about two-thirds of the population.

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