NFSA

Concept: NFSA
Topic: Economy, Paper III
Category: Poverty, Subsidy, Food Security
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NFSA

The National Food Security Act, 2013, (NFSA) alternatively known as the Right to Food Act, is an Indian law that seeks to provide subsidised food grains to about 2/3rd of the Indian population. The bill was signed into a law on 12th September 2013, but it was dated with effect from 5th July 2013. The law makes the existing food security programmes of the GOI into legal rights/entitlements. The schemes included in this act are the Midday Meal Scheme, the Public Distribution System and the Integrated Child Development Services scheme. As per the law, the PDS beneficiaries are entitled to 5 kg per month of cereals at subsidised prices. Pregnant and lactating mothers as well as children of certain categories are eligible for cereals free of cost every day.