Won't raise allocations under food law: Govt

Says increase in the subsidised foodgrain allocation will put pressure on the food subsidy bill

Ram Vilas Paswan

Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday said the government has no plans to raise subsidised foodgrain allocations under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) from 5 kg to 7 kg a person a month. Under the Act, each eligible person gets 5 kg of rice at Rs 5 a kg or wheat at Rs 3 a kg or coarse cereals at Re 1 a kg a month. In the existing Antyodaya Anna Yojana , targeting the poorest of the poor, an eligible household continues to get 35 kg foodgrain a month. “We have no such proposal to increase the allocation of subsidised foodgrain, though we have sufficient stocks to ...