The central government is going to give gifts to the poor on the new year. The government will provide free food grains for one year to 81.35 crore beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) from January 1. In a statement, the food ministry on Saturday notified ‘zero’ price of food grains to be distributed to all NFSA beneficiaries from January 1 to December 31, 2023. The central government will bear food subsidy of more than Rs 2 lakh crore for the year 2023.
General Managers of Food Corporation of India (FCI) have been asked to compulsorily visit three ration shops every day in different areas of their jurisdiction and submit reports, so that the scheme can be implemented smoothly.
The Ministry has also issued an advisory to the States on the mechanism of providing margin to the dealer distributing ration to the beneficiaries. The Food Ministry has said in the statement that a new Integrated Food Security Scheme of the Center is going to start from January 1, 2023. The new scheme will provide free ration to 81.35 crore beneficiaries under NFSA for the year 2023. The scheme will also ensure effective and equitable implementation of NFSA.
Earlier, the beneficiaries covered under NFSA were paying a concessional rate of Rs 1 to 3 per kg till December 31, 2022. Also they were getting free food grains under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) launched in April 2020.