To cut subsidy bill, Niti paper says lower coverage of food security law -Harikishan Sharma

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published Published on Feb 28, 2021   modified Modified on Mar 1, 2021

-The Indian Express

Based on the rural and urban coverage ratio, the erstwhile Planning Commission had determined the state-wise coverage ratio using the National Sample Survey Household Consumption Expenditure coverage under food security law Survey data for 2011-12.

NITI AAYOG, the government think tank, has recommended reducing the rural and urban coverage under the National Food Security Act, 2013, to 60 per cent and 40 per cent, respectively, which it estimates, can result in annual savings of up to Rs 47,229 crore.

At present, NFSA’s rural coverage is equal to 75 per cent of population and urban coverage is 50 per cent of urban population. Overall, NFSA caters to 67 per cent of the total population.

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The Indian Express, 28 February, 2021,

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