Food Security Bill, 2013

Points to Remember

  • ET

    Drafted by the Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council in 2010, the Bill originally proposed legal food entitlement for 75% of India’s population.

  • A panel led by C Rangarajan recommended lowering entitlements and reforming PDS
  • July,2013; the govt brought an ordinance covering 67% of the population
  • 75% of rural and 50% of urban population — an estimated 800 mn people — are to receive 5 kg of wheat, rice and coarse cereals at Rs 3, Rs 2 and Rs 1 a kg, respectively
  • The number of persons to be covered by the Food Security Bill will be based on the 2011 census.
  • The legal entitlement in the Bill provides beneficiaries the right to take the govt to court if they are denied the service.
  • For now, the govt proposes to implement it through existing system of ration shop. Later, it could be shifted to a modernised PDS that works on biometric ration cards.
  • In case of non-supply of foodgrains, the deprived will get a food security allowance. The Bill also provides for grievance redressal mechanism and penalty for non -compliance by a public servant or authority.

Reservations (Doubts)

  • The Bill doesn’t include pulses and edible oils, as the country lacks supply of these.
  • 1372947309-9478As the govt will procure more grains, farmers might be dissuaded from growing cash crops.
  • The present PDS system does not have the legal umbrella.
  • The grain required to cover the whole population is estimated at 77 mt, while the govt’s annual procurement has averaged around 60 mt
  • The govt’s food subsidy bill will rise from the present Rs 90,000 crore to over Rs 130,000 crore
  • Besides inflation fears, the rise in subsidy bill could affect govt’s ability to contain its fiscal deficit at 4.8% of GDP.
  • Agriculture is a state subject and it will create a huge burden for the states like Tamil Nadu which was implementing such schemes already. Claiming 1000Cr burden by the Tamilnadu CM.

Food Bill sets WTO thinking -The Hindu

Policy watch: Food scheme hurts small farmers, eventually nation will suffer, too – DNA


0 responses on "Food Security Bill, 2013"

Leave a Message

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

go prep © 2015 All rights reserved.

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This