Free Foodgrains Scheme - IE - 31/12/22

Recently, the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution issued a notification to provide free foodgrains (rice, wheat and coarse grains) to all eligible households under the National Food Security Act, 2013, for one year from January 1, 2023. The government, however, discontinued the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana.
->Coarse Cereals:
-Coarse cereals are traditionally grown in resource-poor agro-climatic regions of the country.
-Sorghum, pearl millet, maize, barley, finger millet and several small millets such as kodo millet, little millet, foxtail millet, proso millet and barnyard millet together called coarse cereals.
-Coarse cereals are known for their nutri-rich content and having characteristics like drought tolerance, photo-insensitivity and resilient to climate change etc.

-Notified On:
10th September, 2013.
To provide for food and nutritional security in the human life cycle approach, by ensuring access to adequate quantities
of quality food at affordable prices to people to live a life with dignity.
-75% of the rural population and upto 50% of the urban population for receiving subsidised foodgrains under the
Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS).
-Overall, NFSA covers about 81.35 crore citizens.
-Priority Households are to be covered under TPDS, according to guidelines by the State government.
-Households are covered under the Antyodaya Anna Yojana.
-5 Kgs of foodgrains per person per month at Rs. 3/2/1 per Kg for rice/wheat/coarse grains.
-The existing AAY household will continue to receive 35 Kgs of foodgrains per household per month.
-Meal and maternity benefits of not less than Rs. 6,000 to pregnant women and lactating mothers during pregnancy
and six months after child birth.

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