Mains Paper 3: Agriculture | Public Distribution System – objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security
From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:
Prelims level: SFSS
Mains level: Food Security in India
Odisha Scheme for NFSA Left-outs
- The Odisha will launch its own State Food Security Scheme (SFSS) which would be totally funded by the state government.
- Over 18 lakh poor and eligible people left out under National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) will receive their quota of 5 kg of rice at the rate of Rupee 1 per kg .
State Food Security Scheme (SFSS)
- The state government decided to launch its own food security scheme after the Centre did not respond to Odisha government’s request to add additional 25 lakh poor people under the NFSA.
- 25 lakh beneficiaries will be provided with cheap rice under the SFSS.
- A total of 3,26,41,800 beneficiaries were included in the NFSA as per the 2011 census.
- Over 73 per cent of the target for SFSS has been achieved by September 30 and rest will be covered by the second week of October.
- The state government on October 2, 2008 had launched the cheap rice scheme in Odisha where beneficiaries were given rice at the rate of Rs 2 per kg.
- Later in 2013, the price of cheap rice was reduced to Rupee 1 a kg for people living below poverty line.