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Inclusion of the Disabled in National Food Security Act, 2013

  • IASbaba
  • August 29, 2020
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Inclusion of the Disabled in National Food Security Act, 2013

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-II – Welfare schemes

In News:

  • State Governments/UTs have been asked to include all eligible disabled persons under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013.
  • Ministry: The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution

Key takeaways 

  • Fresh ration cards should be issued for those who are not covered as per the eligibility criteria.
  • The disabled person should also be covered by States/UTs under the priority households.

Important value additions 

  • PMGKAY is a part of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP) to help the poor fight the battle against Covid-19.
  • Section 10 of the NFSA: Identification and coverage of persons under the Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY). Disability is one of the criteria for inclusion of beneficiaries under AAY households.
  • Section 38 of the NFSA: The Central Government may from time to time give directions to the State Governments for effective implementation of the provisions of the Act.
  • Hence, the disabled persons without ration cards are also eligible for getting benefits under Atmanirbhar Bharat package.

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