New Delhi – The National Food Security Act, 2013 has been implemented in all states and Union Territories (UT) to govern operations of public distribution System (PDS) as per the provision of the Act.
The central government will determine the percentage coverage for each state and total number of persons to be covered in such rural and urban areas shall be calculated on the basis of the population estimates as per the census with published relevant figures.
Within the limit of extending the coverage up to seventy five percent of rural population and up to fifty percent of urban population as per Section 3(2) of NFSA, has to be determined by the govt and accordingly the govt makes allocation of food grains for each state and UT.
In case of natural calamities including droughts, additional allocation of food grains for meeting the requirement for up to three months can be made to the states and UTs on the basis of the request received from them.
However, the demand for requirement beyond three months must be submitted with the recommendation of Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.
The allocation of food grains is made at minimum support price derived for wheat and rice respectively.