- Odisha, UP, AP emerge as top three states among General Category States in the 1st ‘State Ranking Index for NFSA’
- Tripura, Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim take top three positions in the Special Category States/UTs
- States/UTs should submit subsidy claim by August 15, 2022
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Bhubaneswar: According to the “State Ranking Index for NFSA,” Odisha is the top-ranked State, followed by Uttar Pradesh at number two and Andhra Pradesh at number three among the General Category States. Tripura came out on top among the Special Category states/UTs, followed by Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and then Tripura. Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu are the top-ranked UTs among the three UTs where Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT)-Cash is in use.
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During the conference of Food Ministers of States/UTs on “Food Nutrition and Security in India,” organised by the Department of Food and Public Distribution here today, Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Textiles, and Commerce and Industry, unveiled the FIRST edition of the “State Ranking Index for NFSA.” The daylong conference was attended by Ms. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, and Rural Development; Shri Sudhanshu Pandey, Secretary of DFPD; and the Food Ministers and top officials of 8 states.
After consulting with states, this “State ranking Index for NFSA” aims to track the status and advancement of the NFSA’s implementation and other reform activities across the nation. The changes are highlighted, a cross-learning environment is created, and the reform measures are scaled up by all the states and union territories. The current Index focuses mostly on NFSA Distribution and will eventually incorporate procurement and PMGKAY Distribution. The three main pillars that form the foundation of the index used to rank the states and UTs cover the full implementation of NFSA through TPDS.
These pillars are:
- NFSA— Coverage, targeting and provisions of the Act,
- Delivery platform, and
- Nutrition initiatives
Speaking about the food subsidy to states, Shri Goyal stated that the deadline to file claims of unpaid balances through the 2019–20 fiscal year is August 15, 2022. He emphasised that after the deadline, no late fees will be accepted. He also said that the unpaid bills of the States and UTs would be paid within 60 days of the completion of the audited accounts with accompanying documentation by August 15, 2022. (October 15, 2022).
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