News:Cabinet has approved the supply of 2 kg extra subsidised food grains through the ration shops under the National Food Security Act,2013.
Nodal agency:Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution.
Objective:To provide food and nutritional security by ensuring access to an adequate quantity of quality food at affordable prices.
Coverage:67% of the population (75% in rural areas and 50% in urban areas)
Allocation:Eligible persons will be entitled to receive 5 Kgs of foodgrains per person per month at subsidised prices of Rs. 3/2/1 per Kg for rice/wheat/coarse grains.
The existing Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) households which constitute the poorest of the poor receives 35 Kgs of foodgrains per household per month.
Pregnant women and lactating mothers are entitled to a nutritious take home ration of 600 Calories and a maternity benefit of at least Rs 6,000 for six months.
Children upto 14 years of age are also entitled to nutritious meals as per the prescribed nutritional standards.
Grievance Cell:The act also contains provisions for setting up of grievance redressal mechanism at the District and State levels.
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