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National Food Security Act, 2013

No. 20 of 2013

[10th September, 2013]

Sections Particulars
Chapter I Preliminary
1 Short title, extent and commencement
2 Definitions
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
4 Nutritional support to pregnant women and lactating mothers
5 Nutritional support to children
6 Prevention and management of child malnutrition
7 Implementation of schemes for realisation of entitlements
Chapter III Food Security Allowance
8 Right to receive food security allowance in certain cases
Chapter IV Identification of Eligible Households
9 Coverage of population under Targeted Public Distribution System
10 State Government to prepare guidelines and to identify priority households
11 Publication and display of list of eligible households
Chapter V Reforms In Targeted Public Distribution System
12 Reforms in Targeted Public Distribution System
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
Chapter VII Grievance Redressal Mechanism
14 Internal grievance redressal mechanism
15 District Grievance Redressal Officer
16 State Food Commission
17 Salary and allowances of Chairperson, Member, Member- Secretary and other staff of State Commission
18 Designation of any Commission or body to function as State Commission
19 Joint State Food Commission
20 Powers relating to inquiries
21 Vacancies, etc., not to invalidate proceedings of State Commission
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
23 Provisions for funds by Central Government to State Government in certain cases
Chapter IX Obligations of State Government for Food Security
24 Implementation and monitoring of schemes for ensuring food security
Chapter X Obligations of Local Authorities
25 Implementation of Targeted Public Distribution System by local authority in their areas
26 Obligations of local authority
Chapter XI Transparency and Accountability
27 Disclosure of records of Targeted Public Distribution System
28 Conduct of social audit
29 Setting up of Vigilance Committees
Chapter XII Provisions for Advancing Food Security
30 Food security for people living in remote, hilly and tribal areas
31 Steps to further advance food and nutritional security
Chapter XIII Miscellaneous
32 Other welfare schemes.
33 Penalties
34 Power to adjudicate
35 Power to delegate by Central Government and State Government
36 Act to have overriding effect
37 Power to amend Schedules
38 Power of Central Government to give directions
39 Power of Central Government to make rules
40 Power of State Government to make rules
41 Transitory provisions for schemes, guidelines, etc.
42 Power to remove difficulties
43 Utilisation of institutional mechanism for other purposes
44 Force Majeure
45 Repeal and savings
Schedule I Subsidised Prices Under Targeted Public Distribution System
Schedule II Nutritional Standards
Schedule III Provisions For Advancing Food Security

An Act to provide for food and nutritional security in human life cycle approach, by ensuring access to adequate quantity of quality food at affordable prices to people to live a life with dignity and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Sixty-fourth Year of the Republic of India as follows:

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