What is The National Food Security Bill 2013 – Explained


The National Food Security Bill 2013 assures food and nutritional security by supplying quality food at affordable prices. This act will be



covering whole India and will be implemented with following steps:

1. Free meals to children up to 6 years ,pregnant women and lactating women through Anganwadi i.e. childcare centers as Mid Day meal.

2. 5kg food grains per person for priority households and 35kg food grains for households under Antyodaya Anna Yojana per month from central pool maintained for distribution.

3. Pregnant women will get minimum of Rs 6000 as maternity benefit from government if she is not employed or getting such benefit from anywhere else. Every pregnant woman and lactating mother shall be entitled to meal free of charge during pregnancy and six months after the child birth.

4. Children above 6 years to 14 years will get one meal free from children care center.

5. If family has women elder than 18 years then she will be head of family in ration card and will be responsible for getting the benefit.



If government is not able to provide meal or grains then equivalent amount will be paid as allowance. This bill will cover almost 70% people from rural India while about 50% people from urban India. All benefits will be given to only Adhar card holders to maintain transparency.

Proper administration, distribution and grievance redress systems will be placed by each state as per central government guidelines. Central government will provide food grains pool to each state based on population.

Eligible households shall be entitled to foodgrains under section 3 at the subsidized price not exceeding rupees 3 per kg for rice, rupees 2 per kg for wheat and rupee 1 per kg for coarse grains for a period of three years from the date of commencement of this Act.

Government has allotted Rs 10000 for year 2013-14 for food security bill. RBI feels it will difficult to not exceed the budget assigned to food security bill.

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