National Food Security Act, 2013


  • The NFSA aims to provide subsidized food grains to approximately two thirds of the population (75% in rural areas and 50% in urban area;81.31 cr beneficiaries)
  • It converts into legal entitlements for existing food security programmes of the Central Government including the Midday Meal Scheme, Integrated Child development scheme and PDS

Salient Features

  • Grains like wheat, rice and coarse grain will be distributed at the subsidized price of  Rs. 3, Rs. 2 and Rs. 1
  • Uniform entitlement of 5 kg per person per month is provided
  • Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) (poorest of the poor) households will be protected at 35 kg per household per month.
  • Pregnant women and lactating mothers and children are entitled to get meals under the prescribed nutrition by MDM and ICDS
  • NFSA 2013 will provide high nutrition food to children from the age group of 6 months to 14 years. Pregnant women and lactating mothers will be entitled to get maternity benefit of Rs.6000.
  • Under NFSA, there is no provision for any Commission at the national level or District level. The Act provides for State Food Commission (SFC) in every State/UT, for the purpose of monitoring and review of implementation of the Act