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Implementation Of NFSA

Implementation Of NFSA

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.

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