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12 states have implemented right to food Act: Paswan

LiveMint logoLiveMint 15-06-2014 PTI

Patna: Union minister Ramvilas Paswan on Sunday said only five states have fully implemented the food security Act and seven others have done so partially so far.

“Till date, only 12 states—including Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Punjab—have implemented the food security Act fully as per the provisions of the Central Act,” the food and public distribution minister told reporters here.

“Seven other states, including Bihar, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Chandigarh, have implemented food security Act partially,” Paswan said. He said as per the Act, all states are required to identify the number of beneficiaries by 4 July, but only 12 states have done so thus far.

“The centre will soon take a call whether or not to extend deadline for identification of the beneficiaries under the Act,” he said. “In Bihar’s case, as many as 1.58 crore families have been under the food security Act comprising 85% of rural families and 74% of urban families for which 490,000 lakh tonne foodgrains, including rice and wheat, will have to be made available for distribution to the beneficiaries,” he said.

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