The Centre is unlikely to give any further extension to states for implementing the National Food Security Act (NFSA) after the latest deadline of September 30.
“We have given several extensions for the roll-out of the food security legislation, now the onus is on the states to implement the act,” a food ministry official told FE.
The NFSA was passed by Parliament in September 2013 and the states were to implement it within a year. However, the majority of the states were not able to roll out the legislation because of their inability to computerise the beneficiaries lists, which was a prerequisite.The food ministry has been extending the deadline for implementation from time to time.
So far, 14 states and Union territories (UTs) have rolled out the food security legislation, which aims at providing a legal entitlement to 5 kg of subsidised foodgrains per person every month at R1-3 a kg. In a state food ministers’ meeting in early July, UP, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, J&K and Kerala sought more time to roll out NFSA while Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand and Lakshadweep agreed to meet the September 30 deadline.