23 Aug 2020: PIB Summary & Analysis

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1. Nuakhai Juhar
2. National Food Security Act 2013 (NFSA)

1. Nuakhai Juhar

Context:

PM greets people on Nuakhai Juhar.

What is Nuakhai Juhar?

  • Also called Nuakhai Parab or Nuakhai Bhetghat, it is an agricultural festival celebrated in Odisha, Chhattisgarh and areas of neighbouring states to welcome the new crop of the season.
  • It is an ancient festival which is observed by the worship of food grains.
  • People prepare special meals and organise special cultural programmes including folk songs and dances.
  • Farmers offer the first produce from their lands to Goddess Samaleswari, the famous ‘Mother Goddess’ of Sambalpur district of Odisha.
  • Nuakhai is a combination of two words that signifies eating of new rice as ‘nua’ means new and ‘khai’ means eat.

2. National Food Security Act 2013 (NFSA)

Context:

All eligible disabled persons to be included under the NFSA.

Details:

  • The Department of Food and Public Distribution has issued directions to all states and UTs to include all eligible disabled persons under the NFSA.
  • Such eligible people are to get their entitled quota of food grains under the NFSA & the PMGKAY as per provisions of the Act.
  • It is stated that those not already covered should be covered with fresh ration cards to be issued as per the eligibility criteria.

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