Over 81 crore people to get free food grain under new integrated Food Security Scheme from today

The Centre will provide food-grains to states under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) free for one year from today. Last week, the cabinet had decided to provide grains under NFSA free of cost to the 81 crore beneficiaries during 2023.  The Scheme will also ensure effective and uniform implementation of the Act. Free food-grains will concurrently ensure uniform implementation of portability under the One Nation One Ration Card across the country.

According to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, the government has a social and legal commitment to the people of the nation -- a dignified life by ensuring their access to food and nutritional security through the availability of an adequate quantity of quality food grains.

Under the scheme, Central Government will provide free food-grains to all NFSA beneficiaries including Antyodaya Ann Yojana households and Priority Household persons. The food-grains will be provided through the widespread network of over five lakhs Fair Price Shops across the country. The Central Government will bear the food subsidy of more than two lakh crore rupees in one year.

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