Now every grain of ration will be your right, the Center has made a big change in the Food Security Act

New Delhi. The Central Government has taken concrete steps to provide full quantity of ration to the people under the Food Safety Act. In fact, the Center has amended the Food Safety Act rules to encourage linking of electronic point of sale (EPOS) devices with electronic scales at ration shops. The government has taken this step to increase transparency in ration shops while weighing food grains for the beneficiaries and to prevent loss of beneficiaries.

Food and Public Distribution Department issued notification
Under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), the central government is providing 5 kg wheat at the rate of Rs 2 per kg and rice at the rate of Rs 3 per person per month to about 80 crore people of the country. According to an official statement, the Department of Food and Public Distribution has issued a notification on June 18, 2021 to ensure distribution of subsidized foodgrains to the beneficiaries in the right quantity as per their eligibility under NFSA 2013. The Government has stated that sub-rule (2) of the Food Security (State Government Assistance Rules) 2015 to encourage the States to operate the EPoS devices properly and to promote savings with an additional profit of Rs.17.00 per quintal. Rule 7 has been amended.

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Why has the central government made this amendment in the rules?
The government has amended Rule-7 with effect from June 18, 2021, so that savings can also be achieved from the additional profit given by any state and union territory towards cost. The official statement said that any savings on the part of any State or Union Territory from the additional margin provided for the cost of purchase, operation and maintenance of Point of Sale devices, shall be credited to the purchase, operation and maintenance of electronic weighing scales. Can be used for integration of both with maintenance. The government said that this amendment has been made as an attempt to take forward the reform process envisaged under Section 12 of the Act by improving the transparency of operation of Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) under NFSA.

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