Centre Government has started a new integrated food security scheme starting January 1, 2023. According to the scheme, over 81 crore beneficiaries to get free food grains under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) for one year in 2023.
|Scheme name:||Food Security Scheme|
|Scheme under:||Central Government|
|Launch date:||December 29, 2022|
|Beneficiaries:||NFSA beneficiaries i.e. Antyodaya Ann Yojana (AAY) households and Priority Household (PHH) persons|
|Objective:||To strengthen the accessibility, affordability, and availability of food grains for the poor|
Objectives and Benefits:
This scheme aims to strengthen the accessibility, affordability, and availability of food grains for the poor. The new integrated scheme will subsume two current food subsidy schemes of the Department of Food and Public Distribution- food subsidy to FCI for NFSA and food subsidy for decentralized procurement states, dealing with procurement, allocation, and delivery of free food grains to the states under NFSA.
Distribution of free grains under NFSA will concurrently ensure uniform implementation of portability under the ‘One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) across the country.