Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government has taken a number of steps for the technological upgradation of the Public Distribution System (PDS) in the country.

The government has decided to extend the 25% import duty on wheat for another three months, mainly due to sufficient domestic stock available in the country.

India being home to the largest number of poor and malnourished population in the world, the tabling of National Food Security Bill has renewed the public pressure for universalization of PDS in India. In this regard, Tamil Nadu's model of universal PDS has been cited for its success in providing comprehensive food security.

India being home to the largest number of poor and malnourished population in the world, the tabling of National Food Security Bill has renewed the public pressure for universalization of PDS in India. In this regard, Tamil Nadu's model of universal PDS has been cited for its success in providing comprehensive food security.

The state government has sanctioned Rs 69 crore for end-to-end computerisation of public distribution system, once infamous for massive scale of corruption, diversion of foodgrain and kerosene.

Kerosene in India is primarily available as a subsidized commodity for household use, and was added to the basket of Public Distribution System (PDS) commodities during the 2nd Five Year Plan (FYP). Kerosene has been continued as a subsidised fuel to provide affordable cooking and illumination (lighting) to households for the last 60 years.

Sangaiprou (Imphal), May 1: The much-awaited National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013, was recently launched by Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh at a function in Sangaiprou, Imphal.

India has the largest concentration of population using biomass with inefficient stoves. About 840 million in India fully or partially rely on traditional biomass for cooking. In India, cooking is mainly carried out by women, and they play an important role in managing domestic energy needs.

Attaining food security is a matter of prime importance for India where more than a third of the population is estimated to be poor. Government of India has been distributing foodgrains through the Public Distribution System, in one name or the other, for the last seven decades.

The govt has earmarked Rs 1,34,835 crore as food subsidy for 2016-17

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