A bill to provide food & nutritional security
in human life cycle approach, by ensuring
access to adequate quantity of quality
food at affordable prices to people to live
a life with dignity1.
This act is called as NATIONAL FOOD
SECURITY BILL, 2013.
Supply of cheaper grains to poor & needy
Features of food security bill
The bill aims to provide subsidized food
grain to around 67 percent of India's 1.2
3/kg, wheat at 2/kg, and coarse grains
at1/kg. These rates would be valid for
75% of rural population & 50% of urban
Every pregnant woman and lactating mother
would get free meal during pregnancy till six
months after child birth. They will also get a
maternity benefit of 6,000 Rs in installments.
Children up to 14 years would get free meals.
In case of non-supply of food grains, states
will have to pay food security allowance to
The Bill was passed with rejecting more than
300 amendments in Lok Sabha on 26 August
The Food Security Bill guarantees 5 kg of
rice, wheat and coarse cereals per month for
Public distribution system (PDS) to be
Problems of food security bill
Proper distribution of food grains.
Affect the GDP.
Prospects of food security bill
Legal rights to the poor.
Questions arising after this bill
Will the food bill sink the economy ?
Will this help the farmers ?
Will the delivery of food grain be on time
Will this increase or decrease corruption
Will there be proper PDS of grains ?
Will imported food products will be of
adequate quality ?
Although the intention behind the
policy is good, it has to be
implemented properly and effectively
taking into consideration all the above
mentioned factors. Moreover
government should not use the bill just
to gain popularity and votes.
Government main concern on 2014