With Planning Commission’s decision to de-link entitlements for poor based on Suresh Tendulkar’s report casting uncertainty on beneficiaries of the proposed National Food Security Bill, Food Minist

The Union government is inclined to examine specific requirements of States individually while implementing the proposed legislation on food security.

When it was brought to his attention that crores of people in the State would be left out of the Public Distribution System as the ceiling for coverage of urban population stipulated in the draft National Food Security Bill was 50 per cent and the provisional figures of Census 2011

PDS no prerequisite for grain entitlement to general-category families.

This report focuses on a detailed IT strategy for PDS including the institutional structures and processes required for effective use of IT in PDS as well as an implementable solution of direct transfer of subsidies on food and kerosene to intended beneficiaries.

With only a few States having sent in their comments on the Food Ministry's draft National Food Security Bill, 2011, till the closing date on Friday, the Centre is planning to extend the date by a month or two, official sources said.

GUWAHATI: “There is leakage in the public distribution system (PDS) in the Northeast. But it is the responsibility of the governments of the States concerned to check the leakage in PDS. The Central Government has no role to play in this, it only provides the PDS items to the States. Of course, PDS pilferage has reduced in recent times primarily because of the fact that the system has been computerized by issuing biometric cards to the beneficiaries,” said Prof KV Thomas, Union Minister of State (Independent charge) for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution while addressing a press conference in Guwahati on Thursday.

The Gujarat high court (HC) on Thursday asked the state government to specify what steps it has taken to implement the schemes that are introduced to make the public distribution system (PDS) effective.

The central government has prepared a draft National Food Security Bill (NFSB). This draft, aside from ignoring all the demands of the right to food campaign, junks many essential provisions of the “NAC draft”, and even dilutes existing entitlements.

The Government has sought comments on the proposed Food Security Bill, which seeks to provide legal entitlement to subsidised foodgrains for up to three-fourth of the rural population and half of t

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Chief Secretaries of all the States to specify how much additional foodgrains were required for them under the Public Distribution System to ensure that

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