Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Textiles and Commerce and Industry, Shri Piyush Goyal released the 1st edition of ‘State Ranking Index for NFSA’ during the conference of Food Ministers of States/UTs on 05 July 2022.
- The Conference of Food Ministers of States/UTs on ‘Food Nutrition and Security in India’ was organized by Department of Food and Public Distribution.
» The National Food Security Act (NFSA) was enacted on July 5, 2013.
- In order to celebrate the day, the conference was organized to deliberate and discuss nutritional security, food security, best practices followed in Public Distribution System, crop diversification, reforms in PDS and storage sector.
Key Points: 1st edition of ‘State Ranking Index for NFSA’
- This “State ranking Index for NFSA” attempts to document the status and progress of implementation of NFSA and various reform initiatives across the country, post consultation with states.
- It highlights the reforms undertaken by States and UTs and create a cross-learning environment and scale-up reform measures by all states and union territories.
- The present Index is largely focused on NFSA Distribution and will include procurement, PMGKAY Distribution in future.
The Index for ranking the states and UTs is built on three key pillars which covers the end-to-end implementation of NFSA through TPDS.
These pillars are:
i) NFSA— Coverage, targeting and provisions of the Act
ii) Delivery platform
iii) Nutrition initiatives
Ranking of States/UTs in the 1st edition of ‘State Ranking Index for NFSA’:
- Odisha has been adjudged the top ranked State followed by Uttar Pradesh at the 2nd spot and Andhra Pradesh at third amongst the General Category States in ‘State Ranking Index for NFSA’.
- Among the Special Category states/UTs, Tripura stood first followed by Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim respectively.
- Further, among the 3 UTs where Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT)- Cash is operational, Dadra and Nagar Haveli & Daman and Diu is the top ranked UT.