Goa Government launches National Food Security Act, 2013
Goa Government has launched the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 to benefit more than one third of the state’s population.
It will bring more than one third population of the coastal state into legal entitlements of existing food security programmes and schemes of Central Government.
- Around 5 lakh 11 thousand persons in the targeted Public Distribution System (PDS) in Goa will receive 5 kgs subsidised rice or wheat per person per month.
- Rice will be given at the subsidised rate of 3 rupees per kg and wheat at the rate of 3 rupees per kg to target persons.
- For effective implementation of this scheme, state government’s civil supplies and distribution departments have scrutinised the PDS households.
- They also have digitised the ration cards and updated the consolidated data with Aadhar card and other identifications prior to launching the scheme for implementation of NFS Act.
For the implementation of the scheme, Union government will bear a subsidy of 65 crores rupees, while the state government will spend 25 crores annually.
National Food Security Act, 2013 envisages adequate quantity of quality food at affordable prices to people to live a life of dignity under Article 21 of Constitution. It includes the Midday Meal (MDM) Scheme, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme and Public Distribution System (PDS) under it to provide subsidized food grains.