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04 April 2015

Centre extends food security Act deadline by six months

Written by Jayant Chaudhary

The Union government has given the states six more months to roll out the National Food Security Act (NFSA), food minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Friday. The deadline, which has already been extended twice for implementing the food law, was ending on 4 April. Only 11 states and Union territories have so far implemented the Act that was passed by Parliament in September 2013. “The central government has further given six months’ time to the states to implement the NFSA,” Paswan told reporters in Jaipur. The deadline has been extended for the third time so that the remaining states adopt and implement the law within six months, the minister added.

The law aims at providing legal entitlement to 5kg of subsidized food grains per person per month at ` 13/kg to two thirds of the country’s population. At present, the government is allocating foodgrains to 11 states/UTs as per the new food law, while the rest of the states are getting the foodgrains quota as per earlier PDS norms.

News Source : Mint, New Delhi, 4 April 2015

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