Rajya Sabha Current Affairs - 2020
The National Food Security Bill 2013 has been passed in the Rajya Sabha.
What are the key features of the National Food Security Bill 2013?
- Entitles 5 kg of rice, wheat and coarse cereals per month per person at 3, 2 and 1 Rupees respectively to around 67% of nation’s population.
- With this Bill, India will join the select club of nations which guarantee food-grains to majority of its population.
It will be the largest programme of its kind in the world which will cost government Rs. 130,000 crore.
- To implement the bill a total of 62 million tonnes of food-grains will be required.
It is being viewed as the first step towards universalization of Public Distribution System.
- The Bill proposes to provide free meals to all the pregnant women as well as lactating mothers during the pregnancy till six months post delivery.
- Maternity benefit of Rs. 6000 will also be given to pregnant women.
- Children till the age of 14 years will also be given free meals.
- The state will pay the food security allowance to the beneficiaries in the event of non-supply of the foodgrains.
- The scheme will be linked to the Aadhar number that’s linked to a database that includes the biometric information of all card-holders.
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