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INTRODUCTION

The enactment of the National Food Security Act, (NFSA) 2013 on July 5, 2013 marks a paradigm shift in the approach to food security from welfare to rights based approach. The Act legally entitles upto 75% of the rural population and 50% of the urban population to receive subsidized foodgrains under Targeted Public Distribution System. About two thirds of the population therefore is covered under the Act to receive highly subsidised foodgrains. The National Food Security Act, (NFSA) 2013is being implemented in all the States/UTs, on an all India basis. Out of maximum coverage of 81.35 crore, around 80 crore persons have been covered under NFSA at present for receiving highly subsidized foodgrains. The identification of beneficiaries by States/UTs is a continuous process, which involves exclusion of ineligible/fake/duplicate ration cards and also exclusion on account of death, migration etc. and inclusion on account of birth as also that of genuine left-out households.

Sl.No.

State/UT

Percentage coverage

Based on 2011-12 NSSO data

Rural

Urban

1

ANDHRA PRADESH

60.96

41.14

2

ARUNACHAL PRADESH

66.31

51.55

3

ASSAM

84.17

60.35

4

BIHAR

85.12

74.53

5

CHHATTISGARH

84.25

59.98

6

NCT OF DELHI

37.69

43.59

7

GOA

42.24

33.02

8

GUJARAT

74.64

48.25

9

HARYANA

54.61

41.05

10

HIMACHAL PRADESH

56.23

30.99

11

JAMMU & KASHMIR

63.55

47.10

12

JHARKHAND

86.48

60.20

13

KARNATAKA

76.04

49.36

14

KERALA

52.63

39.50

15

MADHYA PRADESH

80.10

62.61

16

MAHARASHTRA

76.32

45.34

17

MANIPUR

88.56

85.75

18

MEGHALAYA

77.79

50.87

19

MIZORAM

81.88

48.60

20

NAGALAND

79.83

61.98

21

ODISHA

82.17

55.77

22

PUNJAB

54.79

44.83

23

RAJASTHAN

69.09

53.00

24

SIKKIM

75.74

40.36

25

TAMIL NADU

62.55

37.79

26

TELANGANA

60.96

41.14

27

TRIPURA

74.75

49.54

28

UTTAR PRADESH

79.56

64.43

29

UTTARAKHAND

65.26

52.05

30

WEST BENGAL

74.47

47.55

31

A & N ISLANDS

24.94

1.70

32

CHANDIGARH

38.54

47.26

33

DADRA & NAGAR HAVELI

84.19

51.54

34

DAMAN & DIU

26.66

56.47

35

LAKSHADWEEP

35.30

33.56

36

PUDUCHERRY

59.68

46.94

ALL INDIA

75.00

50.00