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National Food Security Act

SC tells states, UTs to give ration cards to nearly 80 mn migrant workers

States and UTs are required to file a compliance affidavit in this regard. The case will be heard again in two months

SC tells states, UTs to give ration cards to nearly 80 mn migrant workers
Updated On : 19 Mar 2024 | 10:25 PM IST

A new poverty conundrum

If India's poverty level has declined significantly, why should free food be available to more than half its population?

A new poverty conundrum
Updated On : 07 Nov 2023 | 8:59 PM IST

Food security in India: Centre's PMGKAY and its extension explained

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 4 announced the extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana scheme for another five years

Food security in India: Centre's PMGKAY and its extension explained
Updated On : 06 Nov 2023 | 4:34 PM IST

No free lunches

The free food scheme is driven by electoral considerations, but its long-term fiscal risks outweigh the short-term gains

No free lunches
Updated On : 27 Dec 2022 | 11:13 PM IST
Updated On : 24 Dec 2022 | 1:27 AM IST

Wheat acreage up nearly 10% as rabi sowing nears halfway, shows data

Usually wheat is sown in around 30.5 million hectares of which so far around 15.28 million is already sown

Wheat acreage up nearly 10% as rabi sowing nears halfway, shows data
Updated On : 25 Nov 2022 | 11:00 PM IST

Wheat price rise normal; have enough stocks to meet demand: Govt

According to FCI, the wheat stock in Central pool on April 1 next year is expected to be 11.3 million tonnes, higher than the buffer requirement of 7.5 million tonnes

Wheat price rise normal; have enough stocks to meet demand: Govt
Updated On : 17 Oct 2022 | 10:20 PM IST

India opposes group consultation on food subsidies programme at WTO

The members had expressed concern with India's "lack of full transparency" in taking recourse to the Bali Decision as well as in replies to certain questions raised in the Agri Committee

India opposes group consultation on food subsidies programme at WTO
Updated On : 14 Oct 2022 | 9:17 PM IST

FCI foodgrains stock down by 37% from last year; yet higher than buffer

Centre's foodgrains stock managed by the Food Corporation of India remains 66% higher than the buffer norm

FCI foodgrains stock down by 37% from last year; yet higher than buffer
Updated On : 14 Oct 2022 | 12:27 PM IST

Centre extends free food grain scheme till Dec at a cost of Rs 45k cr

Move to cost the exchequer additional Rs 44,762 crore

Centre extends free food grain scheme till Dec at a cost of Rs 45k cr
Updated On : 28 Sep 2022 | 10:56 PM IST

Odisha top among states on Food Act implementation; UP in second place

Goa and Chhattisgarh at the bottom of the pile on implementation of National Food Security Act

Odisha top among states on Food Act implementation; UP in second place
Updated On : 06 Jul 2022 | 1:14 AM IST

UP, Gujarat ask Centre to restore wheat quota under two food schemes

States raise matter in central government's meeting on food security, say beneficiaries complaining

UP, Gujarat ask Centre to restore wheat quota under two food schemes
Updated On : 06 Jul 2022 | 1:10 AM IST

'One Nation, One Ration Card' programme implemented across India

The implementation of ONORC was initiated in August 2019

'One Nation, One Ration Card' programme implemented across India
Updated On : 22 Jun 2022 | 1:06 AM IST

Centre releases Rs 2.94 trn to FCI, states as food subsidy last fiscal

The Centre has released Rs 2,94,718 crore towards food subsidy during the last fiscal to Food Corporation of India (FCI) and states, which is slightly higher than the revised budget estimates. During the financial year 2021-22, the Department of Food & Public Distribution released Rs 2,94,718 crore towards food subsidy, under both DCP (decentralised procurement) and non-DCP operations put together, against the revised Estimates of Rs 2,92,419.11 crore. "This release of food subsidy is about 140% of the food subsidy released during 2020-21 and about 267 per cent of the food subsidy released during 2019-20," an official statement said. The subsidy has been released for procurement operations under MSP (minimum support price) and seamless distribution of foodgrains under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) and National Food Security Act 2013 (NFSA). In the last fiscal, the department spent 99.83 per cent of its expenditure by incurring Rs 3,04,361 crores against net .

Centre releases Rs 2.94 trn to FCI, states as food subsidy last fiscal
Updated On : 13 Apr 2022 | 9:18 PM IST

Second Covid wave, global prices could derail Centre's FY22 subsidy maths

The Centre's plan to start FY22 on a clean slate seems to have gone for a toss within just six months after it cleared the food subsidy backlog and paid its pending liabilities to NSSF

Second Covid wave, global prices could derail Centre's FY22 subsidy maths
Updated On : 30 Jun 2021 | 6:42 PM IST

Centre to transfer Mid-day meal cooking cost directly to students' accounts

The one-time Covid relief transfer will cost Rs 1,200 crore; activists say amount too meagre

Centre to transfer Mid-day meal cooking cost directly to students' accounts
Updated On : 28 May 2021 | 11:39 PM IST

Centre gears up to distribute free foodgrains to poor under PMGKAY from May

The Centre on Saturday said it is gearing up for monthly distribution of additional 5 kg of foodgrains for free to 800 million PDS beneficiaries from May 1

Centre gears up to distribute free foodgrains to poor under PMGKAY from May
Updated On : 24 Apr 2021 | 7:33 PM IST

Farm solutions

States will be forced to pay attention to farmer needs

Farm solutions
Updated On : 24 Dec 2020 | 11:00 PM IST

Stunted progress

Increasing malnutrition among children is worrying

Stunted progress
Updated On : 14 Dec 2020 | 11:20 PM IST

After hiking fertiliser, Centre may now review food subsidy outlay

Of the Rs 1.15 trillion budgeted as food subsidy for the fiscal year, Rs 1.05 trillion was spent by October

After hiking fertiliser, Centre may now review food subsidy outlay
Updated On : 01 Dec 2020 | 6:05 AM IST