Despite being one of the biggest producers of food supplies, India has a
huge amount of population that not only suffers from malnutrition but
also cannot afford three meals a day.
The UPA led govt, constructed the Food Security Bill
in a bid to provide food security to 75% of the rural and 50% of the
urban population with focus on nutritional needs of children, pregnant
and lactating women.
President Pranab Mukherjee signed the ordinance on food security on 6th
July, 2013. With this began the historic endeavour to give the nation's
two-third population, the right to get 5kg of food grain every month,
at highly subsidized rates of Rs 1-3 per kg.
According to the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public
Distribution Prof KV Thomas,the bill will lead to massive PDS reforms
including doorstep delivery of food grains, end-to-end computerisation,
etc. PDS will become more transparent and subject to grievance redressal
at appropriate levels with provisions for penalties and compensation.