No shortage of food-grains for implementing food security act: Centre
Source :NewsBharati   Date :09-Aug-2017

New Delhi, August 9: Government yesterday said there is no shortage of food-grains to implement the food security in the country under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, CR Chaudhary said the stock of wheat and rice in the central pool is 53.32 million tons on 1st of last month against the buffer norms of 41.12 million tons to meet the demand for the PDS and other welfare schemes.

The Government is implementing Cash Transfer of Food Subsidy Scheme as per provisions of the “Cash Transfer of Food Subsidy Rules, 2015”. Under this scheme, food subsidy is transferred in cash into the bank account of eligible beneficiaries. This scheme is being implemented in Union Territories of Chandigarh, Puducherry and urban areas of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. 

The quantities of procurement of wheat and rice during Rabi Marketing Season (RMS) 2016-17 and Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2016-17 were 229.62 lakh tons and 387.26 lakh tons respectively. During RMS 2017-18 the quantity of wheat procured, as on 20.07.2017, stood at 308.24. Current level of procurement and stock of foodgrians in the Central Pool is sufficient for distribution requirement under NFSA.

The Government is implementing the National Food Security Act, 2013, under which 75% of the rural and 50% of the urban population is entitled to receive highly subsidized foodgrains at Rs.1/2/3 per kg for coarse grains/wheat/rice respectively.