Issue: December 2013
  National Food Security Act: Work in Progress
Himanshu Bhushan
  Even though the National Food Security Act (NFSA) has been passed by the parliament and notified by the government, concerns about the benefits of the...
  The Food Security Act (FSA) Fiscal Implications: 2013-14 to 2015-16
Prachi Mishra
  The National Food Security Bill (NFSB) was passed by both houses of Parliament, and was given a nod by the President on September 12, 2013, and has no...
  Democracy and Social Transformation: Insights from Ambedkar
Anand Teltumbde
  “My definition of democracy is a form and a method of Government whereby revolutionary changes in the social life are brought about without bloodshed....
  Food Security Bill – Would it Wipe out Hunger and Malnutrition?
Kirit S Parikh
  The Food Security Bill (FSB) passed by Lok Sabha provides for 5 Kg per person per month of cereals – rice, wheat and coarse grains at RS 3.00, RS, 2.0...
  Implementing The Food Security Act
Madhura Swaminathan
  Ensuring food security and eliminating mass malnutrition is perhaps India’s biggest and most serious development problem and challenge for policy make...
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PL480 to NFSA 2013  

Many of us would not be even aware that in the 1960s India was forced to import wheat from the US under the PL 480 scheme as it suffered from a severe shortage of food grain. The stories of humiliation and pressure to compromise on India's foreign policy to avail of this facility are now things of the past. The country has moved ahead from the PL 480 phase to a new era of economic reality where it has enacted the N...

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National Food Security Act: Work in Progress
Himanshu Bhushan

Even though the National Food Security Act (NFSA) has been passed by the parliament and notified by the government, concerns about the benefits of the NFSA continue to linger. It has neither satisfied the activists who had fought a long struggle to get this act passed nor has it satisfied the sceptics who see this as mere populism and a waste of public money. Nonetheless, the fact that the bill was adopted unanimously by both houses of parliament with support from most political parties does imply that the NFSA even with its limitations is seen as an effective tool in India’s fight against malnutrition and food insecurity. For the sceptics, much of the debate that preceded the enactment of the NFSA revolved around the issue of cost of the NFSA and its impact on the economy. These ranged from a conservative estimate of Rs 1 Lakh crore to as high as Rs 3 lakh crore per year. However, most of these estimates are either exaggerated and include many other costs not related to the NFSA or ar ...

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