Will Niti Aayog’s new food security proposal end up excluding the needy?
India has made significant gains in reducing malnutrition, and the National Food Security Act is one reason for that. Any reduction in coverage of those legal entitlements, as recently proposed by the Niti Aayog, should ensure those gains are not lost.
For millions of poor households in India, subsidized food grains have been a lifeline, especially during the covid-19 pandemic. These subsidies, given under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), have earlier been said to cost the Centre around ₹1 trillion a year. A recent proposal by the Niti Aayog reportedly aims to reduce the burden, but a closer look shows it could directly affect the vulnerable.
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