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National Food Security Act (NFSA): India to provide free food grains to over 800 million poor people for 1 year

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National Food Security Act (NFSA): The Indian government announced on Friday that it will bear the costs of free food grains under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) until December 2023. For one year, the Centre has decided to make ration distribution under the National Food Security Act free for 81.3 crore poor people.

Officials in India announced Friday that they will provide free food grains to over 800 million people for a year.

“Food grains to be made available free of cost to more than 800 million beneficiaries under National Food Security Act until December 2023,” Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar tweeted after a Cabinet meeting.

According to Jaishankar, it “will ensure India’s food security.”

Mansukh Mandaviya, senior minister, called it a “historic decision.”


“The welfare of the poor and needy has always been a top priority for Prime Minister (Narendra Modi),” he said. “The Modi government’s historic decision to provide free rations to 81.3 crore (813 million) poor people under the National Food Security Act until December 2023 will strengthen food security.”

He also stated that the scheme will cost the government 2 trillion rupees ($24.2 billion).

“The decision will ensure an uninterrupted supply of food grains to the underprivileged and provide significant relief in their lives,” Mandaviya said.

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The Cabinet approved the distribution of free foodgrains for another year on Friday. Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal stated that the government will bear the entire $2 lakh crore cost.

“Making rations free under the National Food Security Act will cost about 2 lakh crore,” said Union Minister Piyush Goyal.

The government currently provides 5 kilogrammes of food grains per person per month at a cost of $2-3 per kg under the NFSA, also known as the food law. Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) families receive 35 kg of food grains per month.




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