National Food Safety Act (NFSA)

  • NFSA,2013: It aims to provide food and nutritional security by ensuring access to an adequate quantity of quality food at affordable prices.
  • Coverage: The NFSA covers up to 75% of the rural population and up to 50% of the urban population for receiving foodgrains under the Targeted Public Distribution System(TPDS).
  • Categories: Identification of beneficiaries under the NFSA is under two categories- households covered under Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and Priority Households (PHH) within the coverage determined for the State/UT.
  • Foodgrains Entitlement: 5 kg per person for PHH category and 35 kg per household for AAY households.
  • Prices: Rs 1/2/3 per kg for Nutri-cereals/wheat/rice respectively.
  • Nutritional Support to women and children: Children in the age group of 6 months to 14 years and pregnant women and lactating mothers will be entitled to meals as per prescribed nutritional norms under Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and Mid-Day Meal(MDM) schemes
  • Maternity Benefit: Pregnant women and lactating mothers will also be entitled to receive maternity benefits of not less than Rs. 6,000.
  • Women Empowerment: Eldest woman of the household of age 18 years or above to be the head of the household for the purpose of issuing ration cards.
  • Grievance Redressal Mechanism: Grievance redressal mechanism at the District and State levels
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