Food Security Bill, 2011, Bill is presently under examination by the PSC on Food

New Delhi, November 26: The National Food Security Bill, 2011, introduced by the Government in the Lok Sabha on 22nd December, 2011, provides for coverage of upto 75% of the rural population (with at least 46% population belonging to priority households) and upto 50% of the urban population (with at least 28% population belonging to priority households) for receiving subsidized foodgrains under Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS).

The Bill provides that within the State-wise number of persons belonging to the priority households and general households, determined by the Central Government, identification of households shall be done by the State Governments or such other agency, in accordance with the guidelines prescribed by the Central Government.

The Bill is presently under examination by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution. This information was given by the Minister of State (IC) for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Prof. K.V.Thomas in a written reply in the Rajya sabha today.(SP News)

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