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  • Date Submitted: 02/20/2013 07:48 AM
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The NFS provides food to the needy.
  * It seeks to cover about 67.5% of India's 1.2 billion people, expanding an existing food subsidy scheme that covers about 180 million of India's poorest people who receive about 4 million tonnes of grain every month through licensed "fair price shops". It is not clear if the proposed law will subsume the existing quota to avoid overlap.
  * About 70% of Indians live in rural areas, forming the core voter base of political parties. Nearly 75% of the rural population, or 630 million people, and 50% of urban people, or 180 million people, will be eligible to receive grains at cheaper rates.
  * The beneficiaries are divided into "general" and "priority" households with the latter recognized as the more vulnerable group but yardsticks for this have not been decided yet. The bill identifies 46% of the rural beneficiaries and 28% of urban beneficiaries as "priority" households. About 40% of India's population live below $1.25 a day.

The bill makes food more affordable.
The proposed National Food Security (NFS) Bill promises to provide 25kg rice/wheat per family every month. The foodgrain will be available at Rs.3 a kg and Rs.2 a kg respectively. The "priority" group will get rice at a fixed 3 rupees a kg, wheat at 2 rupees a kg and coarse grain at 1 rupee a kg. The general category, both in rural and urban areas, will get grains at half of the price the government sets for payment to farmers.

The bill ensures no shortage of food.
The bill will ensure that there is a buffer stock and the grain will not rot in warehouses, because it is a legal duty to distribute it to the people.

The NSF makes states responsible.
According to the bill it shall be the responsibility of every state government to (a) create and maintain scientific storage sites; (b) suitably strengthen capacities of their Food and Civil Supplies Corporations; and (c) establish institutionalized licensing for FPS (fair price shops).

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