Centre to roll out new integrated food security scheme starting 1 January 2023

 The government is set to roll out of center’s new integrated food security Scheme from 1 January 2023, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said in a statement.

As per the decision made by cabinet, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the new Scheme would provide free food grains to 81.35 crore beneficiaries under NFSA, for the year 2023.

The scheme would also ensure effective and uniform implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA).

The government has social & legal commitment to the people of the nation- a dignified life by ensuring them access to food and nutritional security through availability of adequate quantity of quality foodgrains.

For fulfilling this commitment to the most vulnerable 67% of population i.e. 81.35 crore persons covered under NFSA, the cabinet decided to launch a new Central Sector scheme to fulfill the vision of One Nation – One Price – One Ration.

Under the scheme, the government will provide free foodgrains to all NFSA beneficiaries i.e. Antyodaya Ann Yojana (AAY) households & Priority Household (PHH) persons for the next one year through the wide spread network of 5.33 lakhs Fair Price Shops across the country.

The decision will strengthen the provisions of NFSA, 2013 in terms of accessibility, affordability and availability of foodgrains for the poor.

The new integrated scheme will subsume two current food subsidy schemes of the Department of Food and Public Distribution- a) Food Subsidy to FCI for NFSA, and b) Food Subsidy for decentralized procurement states, dealing with procurement, allocation and delivery of free foodgrains to the states under NFSA.

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Free foodgrains will concurrently ensure uniform implementation of portability under One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) across the country and will further strengthen this choice-based platform.

The government will bear the food subsidy of more than Rs. 2 Lakh crore for the year 2023.

The new scheme is aimed at bringing uniformity and clarity on food security under NFSA at beneficiary level.

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