SectionsParticulars
Chapter IPreliminary
1Short title, extent and commencement
1.     This Act may be called the National Food Security Act, 2013.2.     It extends to the whole of India.3.     Save as otherwise provided, it shall be dee...
2Definitions
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—1.     "anganwadi" means a child care and development centre set up under the Integrated Child Development...
Chapter IIProvisions for Food Security
3Right to receive food-grains at subsidised prices by persons belonging to eligible households under Targeted Public Distribution System
1.     Every person belonging to priority households, identified under sub-section (1) of section 10, shall be entitled to receive five kilograms of food-grai...
4Nutritional support to pregnant women and lactating mothers
Subject to such schemes as may be framed by the Central Government, every pregnant woman and lactating mother shall be entitled to—a.     meal, free of charge...
5Nutritional support to children
1.     Subject to the provisions contained in clause (b), every child up to the age of fourteen years shall have the following entitlements for his nutritiona...
6Prevention and management of child malnutrition
The State Government shall, through the local anganwadi, identify and provide meals, free of charge, to children who suffer from malnutrition, so as to meet t...
7Implementation of schemes for realisation of entitlements
The State Governments shall implement schemes covering entitlements under sections 4, 5 and section 6 in accordance with the guidelines, including cost sharin...
Chapter IIIFood Security Allowance
8Right to receive food security allowance in certain cases
In case of non-supply of the entitled quantities of food-grains or meals to entitled persons under Chapter II, such persons shall be entitled to receive such ...
Chapter IVIdentification of Eligible Households
9Coverage of population under Targeted Public Distribution System
The percentage coverage under the Targeted Public Distribution System in rural and urban areas for each State shall, subject to sub-section (2) of section 3, ...
10State Government to prepare guidelines and to identify priority households
1.     The State Government shall, within the number of persons determined under section 9 for the rural and urban areas, identify— a.     the households to ...
11Publication and display of list of eligible households
The State Government shall place the list of the identified eligible households in the public domain and display it prominently....
Chapter VReforms In Targeted Public Distribution System
12Reforms in Targeted Public Distribution System
1.     The Central and State Governments shall endeavour to progressively undertake necessary reforms in the Targeted Public Distribution System in consonance...
Chapter VIWomen Empowerment
13Women of eighteen years of age or above to be head of household for purpose of issue of ration cards
1.     The eldest woman who is not less than eighteen years of age, in every eligible household, shall be head of the household for the purpose of issue of ra...
Chapter VIIGrievance Redressal Mechanism
14Internal grievance redressal mechanism
Every State Government shall put in place an internal grievance redressal mechanism which may include call centres, help lines, designation of nodal officers,...
15District Grievance Redressal Officer
1.     The State Government shall appoint or designate, for each district, an officer to be the District Grievance Redressal Officer for expeditious and effec...
16State Food Commission
1.     Every State Government shall, by notification, constitute a State Food Commission for the purpose of monitoring and review of implementation of this Ac...
17Salary and allowances of Chairperson, Member, Member- Secretary and other staff of State Commission
The State Government shall provide for salary and allowances of Chairperson, other Members, Member-Secretary, support staff, and other administrative expenses...
18Designation of any Commission or body to function as State Commission
The State Government may, if considers it necessary, by notification, designate any statutory commission or a body to exercise the powers and perform the func...
19Joint State Food Commission
Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1) of section 16, two or more States may have a Joint State Food Commission for the purposes of this Act wi...
20Powers relating to inquiries
1.     The State Commission shall, while inquiring into any matter referred to in clauses (b) and (e) of sub-section (6) of section 16, have all the powers of...
21Vacancies, etc., not to invalidate proceedings of State Commission
No act or proceeding of the State Commission shall be invalid merely by reason of—a.     any vacancy in, or any defect in the constitution of, the State Commi...
Chapter VIIIObligations of Central Government for Food Security
22Central Government to allocate required quantity of food-grains from central pool to State Governments
1.     The Central Government shall, for ensuring the regular supply of food-grains to persons belonging to eligible households, allocate from the central poo...
23Provisions for funds by Central Government to State Government in certain cases
In case of short supply of food-grains from the central pool to a State, the Central Government shall provide funds to the extent of short supply to the State...
Chapter IXObligations of State Government for Food Security
24Implementation and monitoring of schemes for ensuring food security
1.     The State Government shall be responsible for implementation and monitoring of the schemes of various Ministries and Departments of the Central Governm...
Chapter XObligations of Local Authorities
25Implementation of Targeted Public Distribution System by local authority in their areas
1.     The local authorities shall be responsible for the proper implementation of this Act in their respective areas.2.     Without prejudice to sub-section...
26Obligations of local authority
In implementing different schemes of the Ministries and Departments of the Central Government and the State Governments, prepared to implement provisions of t...
Chapter XITransparency and Accountability
27Disclosure of records of Targeted Public Distribution System
All Targeted Public Distribution System related records shall be placed in the public domain and kept open for inspection to the public, in such manner as may...
28Conduct of social audit
1.     Every local authority, or any other authority or body, as may be authorised by the State Government, shall conduct or cause to be conducted, periodic s...
29Setting up of Vigilance Committees
1.     For ensuring transparency and proper functioning of the Targeted Public Distribution System and accountability of the functionaries in such system, ev...
Chapter XIIProvisions for Advancing Food Security
30Food security for people living in remote, hilly and tribal areas
The Central Government and the State Governments shall, while implementing the provisions of this Act and the schemes for meeting specified entitlements, give...
31Steps to further advance food and nutritional security
The Central Government, the State Governments and local authorities shall, for the purpose of advancing food and nutritional security, strive to progressively...
Chapter XIIIMiscellaneous
32Other welfare schemes.
1.     The provisions of this Act shall not preclude the Central Government or the State Government from continuing or formulating other food based welfare sc...
33Penalties
Any public servant or authority found guilty, by the State Commission at the time of deciding any complaint or appeal, of failing to provide the relief recomm...
34Power to adjudicate
1.     For the purpose of adjudging penalty under section 33, the State Commission shall authorise any of its member to be an adjudicating officer for holding...
35Power to delegate by Central Government and State Government
1.     The Central Government may, by notification, direct that the powers exercisable by it (except the power to make rules), in such circumstances and subje...
36Act to have overriding effect
The provisions of this Act or the schemes made there under shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith contained in any other law for th...
37Power to amend Schedules
1.     If the Central Government is satisfied that it is necessary or expedient so to do, it may, by notification, amend Schedule I or Schedule II or Schedule...
38Power of Central Government to give directions
The Central Government may, from time to time, give such directions, as it may consider necessary, to the State Governments for the effective implementation o...
39Power of Central Government to make rules
1.     The Central Government may, in consultation with the State Governments and by notification, make rules to carry out the provisions of this Act.2.     I...
40Power of State Government to make rules
1.     The State Government may, by notification, and subject to the condition of previous publication, and consistent with this Act and the rules made by the...
41Transitory provisions for schemes, guidelines, etc.
The schemes, guidelines, orders and food standard, grievance redressal mechanism, vigilance committees, existing on the date of commencement of this Act, shal...
42Power to remove difficulties
1.     If any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions of this Act, the Central Government may, by order, published in the Official Gazette, make ...
43Utilisation of institutional mechanism for other purposes
The services of authorities to be appointed or constituted under sections 15 and 16 may be utilised in the implementation of other schemes or programmes of th...
44Force Majeure
.The Central Government, or as the case may be, the State Government, shall be liable for a claim by any person entitled under this Act, except in the case of...
45Repeal and savings
1.     The National Food Security Ordinance, 2013 is hereby repealed.2.     Notwithstanding such repeal,—a.     anything done, any action taken or any identi...
Schedules
Schedule ISubsidised Prices Under Targeted Public Distribution System
Eligible households shall be entitled to food-grains under section 3 at the subsidized price not exceeding rupees 3 per kg for rice, rupees 2 per kg for wheat...
Schedule IINutritional Standards
Nutritional standards: The nutritional standards for children in the age group of 6 months to 3 years, age group of 3 to 6 years and pregnant women and lactat...
Schedule IIIProvisions For Advancing Food Security
1.     Revitalisation of Agriculture—a.     agrarian reforms through measures for securing interests of small and marginal farmers;b.    increase in investm...
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