Free Food Grain supply for 8 crore migrants for next 2 months
- The minister announced free food grain supply to all migrants who are non–card holders amounting to an expenditure of Rs 3,500 crore by the Centre for the next two months.
- At least 8 crore migrant workers will be given free food grains of 5 kg of rice or wheat and 1 kg of chana or pulses, for all those migrants who do not fall under the Food Security Act.
- An initiative of ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ will also be implemented for about 67 crore beneficiaries in at least 23 states covering 83% of the Public Distribution System (PDS) population and that will also be covered by national portability by August 2020
- PDS ration cards will be made portable to allow migrant workers to use those same ration cards across states
- Cost will be fully borne by Government of India
- State Governments responsible for implementation, identification of migrants and full distribution and providing detailed guidelines
- The National Food Security Act, 2013 (also Right to Food Act) is an Act of the Parliament of India which aims to provide subsidized food grains to approximately two thirds of India’s 1.2 billion people.
- It was signed into law on 12 September 2013, retroactive to 5 July 2013.
- The National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA 2013) converts into legal entitlements for existing food security programmes of the Government of India. It includes the Midday Meal Scheme, Integrated Child Development Services scheme and the Public Distribution System
- Department– Department of Food And Public Distribution
- Ministry– Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
- Minister– Ram Vilas paswan
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