Implications of India’s National Food Security Act



The National Food Security Act (NFSA) was passed in the Lok Sabha on 26 August, 2013 and by the Rajya Sabha on 2 September, 2013. The debate on the NFSA tended to be exclusively focussed on the Public Distribution System (PDS) though, in fact, the new law attempts to take a “life-cycle approach” to food security. It includes the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme which is aimed at children under the age of 6 years, the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) Scheme for school-going children in the 6–14 years age group and maternity entitlements for pregnant women, along with the PDS. Under the PDS, two-thirds of the population will be covered—75 % in rural areas and 50 % in urban areas.


Issue Price Food Subsidy Integrate Child Development Service National Food Security Public Distribution System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IITDelhiIndia

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