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Highlights Of National Food Security Bill

New Delhi, Dec 18: Following are the major highlights of National Food Security Bill:Coverage:*Up to 75 per cent of the rural population with at least 46 per cent belonging to priority households *Up to 50
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PTI 18 Dec 2011, 22:52:41 PM IST

New Delhi, Dec 18: Following are the major highlights of National Food Security Bill:

Coverage:

*Up to 75 per cent of the rural population with at least 46 per cent belonging to priority households

*Up to 50 per cent of urban population with at least 28 per cent belonging to priority households

*About 64 per cent of the country's total population to be covered under the proposed law Entitlement

*Seven kg of foodgrains per person per month for priority households

*Minimum 3 kg of foodgrains per person per month for general households Prices

*Rs 3, 2, 1 per kg for rice, wheat and coarse grains for priority households

*Not exceeding 50 per cent of minimum support price (MSP) for wheat and coarse grains and derived MSP for rice for general households

*Maternity benefits of Rs 1,000 per month for six months for pregnant women and lactating mothers, estimated to benefit about 2.25 crore women

*Provision of meals, free of charge or at affordable prices, to special groups such as destitute, homeless, person living in starvation and emergency/disaster affected person

*Children up to eights class to get nutritional meals *Additional food subsidy Rs 27,663 crore per annum *Rs 1,10,600 crore investment in agriculture required to increase production.

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