Implementation Of NFSA
The National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) has deemed to have come into force on 05.07.2013. The Act inter alia provides for a period not exceeding 365 days to the States/Union Territories (UTs) for identification of eligible households for receiving subsidized foodgrains under Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS). Before implementation of NFSA, States/UTs are required to identify the eligible households and complete other preparatory activities. Based on the preparedness and identification of beneficiaries reported by 13 States/UTs, foodgrains under the Act are being allocated to them. This information was given by the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.
The Minister said that Remaining 23 States/UTs are at different stages of preparedness. As implementation of the Act did not start in several States/UTs and some of the States/UTs also sought extension of time to complete identification of beneficiaries, three extensions of time have been given to the States/UTs to complete identification of beneficiaries and other preparatory measures, latest extension being upto 30.09.2015. The status of preparedness of these States/UTs is reviewed on a regular basis and they are requested to complete the preparatory measures and ensure implementation of the Act within the stipulated time.