FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY
The passage of the National Food Security Act, 2013 by the UPA Government was a revolutionary step that linked Wealth (the Green Revolution) to Welfare (assurance of food security).
- Congress promises to work tirelessly to assure food security to all.
- Some Tribal communities and groups are particularly vulnerable. We will pay special attention to them and ensure that food grains are delivered to them through mobile fair price shops.
- We will review and update the list of beneficiaries within 6 months. Care shall be taken to include the homeless, destitute persons and migrant workers. No eligible person shall be excluded.
- Congress promises to take special measures to enroll vulnerable tribal groups and tribal communities.
- Congress will ensure that the linking of Aadhaar will be voluntary but encouraged. No one shall be excluded because of non-linking of Aadhaar.
- The quality and delivery of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme will be improved. Milk and eggs shall be included in the meal. The cost allowed for a Mid-Day Meal shall be increased. There will be a social audit of the scheme at the block and district levels and the outcomes, in terms of nutrition levels of the children, will be measured and monitored.
- The public food distribution programmes (Mid-Day Meal Scheme, ICDS etc.) will rely, as far as possible, on fresh produce. This will encourage local production and provide a fillip to local markets.