Govt is gearing up to announce a mammoth rollout of NFSA with an outlay at Rs 130,000 crore, which will be double the number earmarked in this year’s Budget.
- The planned commitment is greater than the entire allocation towards food subsidy in this year’s Budget — Rs 124,419 crore and the full-fledged rollout of the Act will begin from April 1.
- Some 1.8 lakh fair price shops across the country will have electronic point of sale devices to authenticate beneficiaries at the time of distribution.
- The quantum of grains distributed to each family will be electronically captured.
- The number of these shops, at 70,000 now, will increase to 5.52 lakh by March 2017.