Sections Particulars
Chapter I Preliminary
1 Short 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...
2 Definitions
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 II Provisions for Food Security
3 Right 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...
4 Nutritional 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...
5 Nutritional 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...
6 Prevention 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...
7 Implementation 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 III Food Security Allowance
8 Right 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 IV Identification of Eligible Households
9 Coverage 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, ...
10 State 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 ...
11 Publication 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 V Reforms In Targeted Public Distribution System
12 Reforms 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 VI Women Empowerment
13 Women 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 VII Grievance Redressal Mechanism
14 Internal 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,...
15 District 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...
16 State 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...
17 Salary 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...
18 Designation 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...
19 Joint 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...
20 Powers 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...
21 Vacancies, 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 VIII Obligations of Central Government for Food Security
22 Central 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...
23 Provisions 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 IX Obligations of State Government for Food Security
24 Implementation 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 X Obligations of Local Authorities
25 Implementation 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...
26 Obligations 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 XI Transparency and Accountability
27 Disclosure 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...
28 Conduct 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...
29 Setting 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 XII Provisions for Advancing Food Security
30 Food 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...
31 Steps 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 XIII Miscellaneous
32 Other 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...
33 Penalties
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...
34 Power 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...
35 Power 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...
36 Act 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...
37 Power 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...
38 Power 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...
39 Power 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...
40 Power 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...
41 Transitory 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...
42 Power 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 ...
43 Utilisation 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...
44 Force 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...
45 Repeal 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 I Subsidised 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 II Nutritional 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 III Provisions 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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