The National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 implemented in 14 of the 30 districts of Odisha that would benefit 93.35 lakh people.
- The Food supplies and Consumer Welfare department has issued directives to the district administration to monitor the implementation of the NFSA and rectify irregularities if any.
About first phase of NFSA
The first phase of the NFSA covering 26.33 lakh families is to be launched in the districts of Angul, Bargarh, Boudh, Balangir, Deogarh, Gajapati, Jharsuguda, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nuapada, Sambalpur and Sonepur.
- In the first phase, beneficiaries would get 5 kg of rice or wheat at Rs 3 and Rs 2 respectively from PDS centres in the 14 districts.
The second phase of the NFSA will be implemented in 16 other districts from December 1.
NFSA scheme also cover transgender community
Odisha Government decided to include the transgender community under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). Nearly 14,000 transgenders across the State would be covered under the food security scheme now.
About National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013
The National Food Security Act, 2013 aka Right to Food Act is an Act of the Parliament of India which aims to provide subsidized food grains to particular beneficiaries.
- It includes the Midday Meal Scheme, Integrated Child Development Services scheme and the Public Distribution System (PDS).
- The beneficiaries of PDS are entitled to 5 kilograms person per month of cereals.
- Pregnant women, lactating mothers and certain categories of children are eligible for daily free meals.