PAC asks Centre, states to ensure 100% coverage under food law

NEW DELHI: The Public Accounts Committee has asked the central and state governments to achieve 100 per cent coverage of beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act and set up independent food commissions in all states in the next three months.

The law, which was passed in 2013, is now being implemented in all 36 states/UTs covering 80.57 crore beneficiaries out of the total estimate of 81.34 crore, thus bringing the coverage to 99.05 per cent, the committee said in a report presented in Parliament Friday on preparedness for implementation of the Act by Union Food Ministry.

“In a populous country like India, even 1 per cent of the poor and weaker sections translate into a big number. In the opinion of the committee, the states cannot keep such a section deprived of food security which is the very basis of the Act,” the panel observed. (AGENCIES)