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Govt to announce NFSA with Rs 1,30,000 crore outlay

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The quantum of grains distributed to each family will be electronically captured.
  4. The number of these shops, at 70,000 now, will increase to 5.52 lakh by March 2017.

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