The Centre also said that states have promised to install digital payment system at ration shops by June.
Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on May 17 said the Centre is ready to make available unmilled tur to states at Rs 60 a kg and urad at Rs 82 per kg, which should provide enough room to state governments to sell pulses below Rs 120 a kg
The Comptroller and Auditor General, which evaluated preparedness of 18 states/UTs for implementation of the law in its audit report released today, blamed the Centre for delay in implementation of the NFSA and extending its rollout thrice without Parliament approval.
The Comptroller and Auditor General today rapped the Centre for delay in implementation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and extending its rollout thrice without Parliament approval.
The LJP chief said if NDA, in which his party is also an ally, comes to power in the state following 2017 election, they would provide subsidy and bear the expense.
The Economic Survey 2015-16, which was presented in the Lok Sabha on Thursday by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, had pointed out there was uneven distribution of subsidies worth Rs 1 lakh crore, which was going to the better-off and those who did not deserve
Many believe despite the government's efforts to curtail subsidies, its food subsidy bill may exceed the Budget estimates of Rs 1.24 lakh crore by Rs 10,000-20,000 crore. Allocation for 2016-17 could be more than Rs 1.5 lakh crore, says HDFC Securities
It also includes improving educational facilities in distress farm suicide area, zero pendency and corruption free local governance, livelihood management as well as job creation under National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and Mudra scheme.
The NFSA was passed by Parliament in September 2013 when the UPA was in power. The deadline for implementing the same has been extended thrice. At present, 13 states and Union Territories have implemented the Act, some of them fully and others partially.
In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Food Raosaheb Patil Danve informed that five states -- Bihar, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan -- have been released Rs 8,228.01 crore as subsidy for implementation of the food security act. As of now 11 states have started implementing the food law.
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The government will only be able to table the Food Security Bill in the next session of Parliament, Food Minister K V Thomas said today.
Lok Sabha today approved additional gross expenditure of Rs 34,724 crore for 2011-12 with a government assurance that the net cash outgo of Rs 9,016 crore would not push fiscal deficit beyond budget estimates.
Expressing displeasure at the slow offtake of subsidised foodgrains by states, the Centre today told them to improve lifting of Public Distribution System (PDS) stocks.
Justifying the government's austerity drive, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said the restrictions on foreign visits and other expenses are aimed at curbing wasteful expenditure and containing fiscal deficit.
The draft bill of the proposed National Food Security Act prepared by the Food Ministry, which aims to provide a legal right on subsidised foodgrains to the poor, will be vetted by the Law Ministry before being submitted to the Cabinet, reports CNBC-TV18's Aakansha Sethi quoting sources.
An Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on food is scheduled to meet on Monday to consider a proposal to export 3 million tonne of wheat and rice to ease foodgrain storage problems.
The government aims to achieve an all-time high of 245 million tonnes (MT) of foodgrain production in 2011-12 crop year, notwithstanding a below normal monsoon forecast by the Met Department.
Aiming to provide a legal right on subsidised foodgrains to the poor, Food Minister K V Thomas today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said the draft of the proposed National Food Security Act has been finalised and it will be sent to the panel of ministers.
President Pratiba Patil today said the Centre is consulting state governments on the proposed National Food Security Act (NFSA), which will give the poor a legal entitlement to subsidised foodgrains.