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GENERAL

Overview

BP Division of this Department makes allocation of food grains to States/UTs under Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) and Other Welfare Schemes (OWS) and maintains their offtake record. A brief of various schemes handled by BP Division is as under:

Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS):

Allocation of foodgrains under NFSA

With a view to make receipt of foodgrains under TPDS a legal right, Government of India enacted National Food Security Act which came into force w.e.f. 5-7-2013. The Act provides for coverage of upto 75% of the rural population and upto 50% of the urban population for receiving subsidized foodgrains under Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), thus covering about two-third population of the country. The eligible persons identified by the States/UTs are entitled to receive 5 kgs of foodgrains per person per month at subsidized prices of Rs.3/2/1 per kg for rice/wheat/coarsegrains respectively. The existing Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) households, which constitute the poorest of the poor, receive 35 kgs of foodgrains per household per month. As on 1st November, 2016, NFSA has been implemented in all the 36 States/UTs and they are receiving monthly allocation of foodgrains as per their entitlement under NFSA.

Other Welfare Scheme

Allocation of foodgrains under Other Welfare Scheme:

1. Mid-Day Meal Scheme

Mid-Day Meal Scheme is implemented by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Department of Food and Public Distribution allocates foodgrains under Mid-Day-Meal Scheme to Ministry of Human Resource Development for the country as a whole. The state-wise sub-allocation is done by MoHRD. The Central Issue Price for the scheme w.e.f. 1st April, 2016 is at NFSA rates i.e. Rs.3/2/1 per kg for rice/wheat/Coarsegrain respectively. This Scheme covers students of primary and upper primary class in the Govt. Schools/Schools aided by Govt. and the Schools run by local bodies.

2. Wheat Based Nutrition Programme (WBNP)

This Scheme is implemented by the Ministry of Women & Child Development. Department of Food and Public Distribution allocates foodgrains under Wheat Based Nutrition Programme to Ministry of Women & Child Development for the country as a whole. The state-wise sub-allocation is done by MoWCD. The Central Issue Price for the scheme w.e.f. 1st April, 2016 is at NFSA rates i.e. Rs.3/2/1 per kg for rice/wheat/Coarsegrain respectively. The scheme intends to provide nutritious/ energy food to children in the age group of 0-6 years and expectant/lactating women. The food grains allotted under this Scheme are utilized by the States/UTs under the Umbrella Scheme – Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS).

3. Welfare Institutions and Hostels Scheme

The Department of Food & Public Distribution administers the Welfare Institutions and Hostels Scheme and this Scheme was introduced on 1st September, 2017 by clubbing two schemes namely Welfare Institutions Scheme and SC/ST/OBC Hostels Scheme into a single scheme. Foodgrains are allocated at BPL rates under the scheme to meet the requirement of welfare institutions such as beggar homes, Nariniketans and other similar welfare institutions and the students of the hostels having 2/3rd residents belonging to SC/ST/OBC.

4. Annapurna Scheme

This Scheme is implemented by the Ministry of Rural Development. Indigent senior citizens of 65 years of age or above who are not getting pension under the National Old Age Pension Scheme (NOAPS) are provided 10 kilograms of food grains per person per month free of cost under the scheme. Foodgrains under the Scheme are provided by Department of Food & Public Distribution at BPL rates.

5. Scheme for Adolescent Girls [Earlier known as Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG) – 'SABLA']

The Ministry of Women and Child Development launched SABLA scheme on 19.11.2010 by merging two schemes namely Nutrition Programme for Adolescent Girls (NPAG) & Kishori Shakti Yojana (KSY) into a single scheme. The Scheme aims at empowering adolescent girls of 11-18 years by improvement of their nutritional and health status and upgrading various skills like home skills, life skills and vocational skills. It also aims at equipping the girls on family welfare, health hygiene etc. and information and guidance on existing public services along with aiming to mainstream out of school girls into formal or non-formal education. Foodgrains for the scheme are allocated by Department of Food & Public Distribution at BPL rates to M/o W&CD.

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