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State Ranking Index for NFSA to ensure food security of states and UTs

UM Shri Piyush Goyal

Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Textiles and Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal released the 1st edition of ‘State Ranking Index for NFSA’ during the conference of Food Ministers of States/UTs on ‘Food Nutrition and Security in India’ organized by Department of Food and Public Distribution in New Delhi.

Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Rural Development Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti along with other officials of eight states were present at the conference.

 Important Points: 

  • Odisha has been adjudged the top-ranked state followed by Uttar Pradesh at the 2nd spot and Andhra Pradesh at third amongst the General Category States in ‘State Ranking Index for NFSA’.
  • Uttar Pradesh is using Aadhaar linked Public Distribution system to issue Ayushman Bharat cards.
  • Among the special category states/UTs, Tripura stood first followed by Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim respectively.
  • Further, among the three UTs where Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT)-Cash is operational, Dadra and Nagar Haveli & Daman and Diu have been ranked at the top.

 About State Ranking Index for NFSA: 

  • Full form of NFSA is the National Food Security Act.
  • After consultation with the state it attempts to document the status and progress of implementation of NFSA and various reform initiatives across the country.
  • It points out the reforms undertaken by states and union territories.
  • It creates a cross-learning environment and scale-up reform measures by all states and UTs.
  • The present Index is focused on NFSA Distribution and will include procurement, and Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKY) Distribution in future.
  • The Index for ranking the states and UTs is built on three key pillars. 
  • These pillars are: 
    • (i) NFSA— Coverage, targeting and provisions of the Act.
    • (ii) Delivery platform.
    • (iii) Nutrition initiatives..

 About NFSA: 

  • The National Food Security Act (NFSA) was enacted on July 5, 2013.
  • To celebrate the day, the conference was organized to deliberate and discuss nutritional security, food security, best practices followed in Public Distribution systems, crop diversification, reforms in PDS and storage sector.

 More From the News: 

  • Immunization of migrant kids can also be linked with the system to ensure medical facilities for them.
  • The deadline to submit claims of pending dues till the year 2019-20 is August 15, 2022 and no dues will be entertained after the deadline.
  • the pending bills of the States/UTs that will finalize the audited accounts with supporting documents by August 15, 2022, will be cleared within 60 days
  • Without relevant data the subsidy claims will be pending. 

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