Govt. rolls out free food grains to around 81 crore people

RNS: Government rolled out free food grains under the new integrated food security scheme for one year from today on 1 January. “The new scheme is aimed at bringing uniformity and clarity on food security under National Food Security Act (NFSA) at beneficiary level,” a government notification said.

Last week, the cabinet decided to provide free food grains under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) to the 81 crore beneficiaries during 2023.  The Scheme will also ensure effective and uniform implementation of the Act.

Free foodgrains will concurrently ensure uniform implementation of portability under the One Nation One Ration Card across the country.

According to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, the government has a social and legal commitment to the people of the nation — a dignified life by ensuring their access to food and nutritional security through the availability of an adequate quantity of quality food grains.

Central Government will provide free foodgrains to all NFSA beneficiaries, including Antyodaya Ann Yojana households and Priority Household persons under this scheme.

The foodgrains will be provided through the widespread network of over five lakhs Fair Price Shops across the country. The Central Government will bear the food subsidy of more than two lakh crore rupees in one year.


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