Union Government again has extended rolling out deadline for National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 by six months.
It was announced by Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan in order to give more time to states to roll out NFSA. The extension will help remaining states adopt and implement the law within next six months.
It is third time, this deadline has been extended and the second deadline was to end on 4 April 2015.
So far only 11 states and Union Territories (UTs) have implemented NSFA which was passed by Parliament in September 2013. Remaining 25 states/UTs have not implemented it yet.
11 states and UTs that have implemented NSFA fully or partially are- Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi and Chandigarh.
Facts about National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013
- NSFA aims at providing legal entitlement to 5 kg of subsidised foodgrains to the identified person per month.
- Grains like wheat, rice and coarse grain will be distributed at the price of 3 Rs. 3, Rs. 2 and Rs. 1.
- Pregnant women and lactating mothers and children are entitled to get meals under the prescribed nutrition by MDM and ICDS. The age group would be 6 months to 14 years.
- NFSA 2013 will provide high nutrition food to the age group of 6 years.
- Pregnant women and lactating mothers will be entitled to get maternity benefit of not less than Rs. 6,000.