"When I became minister, only 11 states had implemented the NFSA and that too they had not implemented totally,” said Ram Vilas Paswan, minister of food and public distribution.
“Today we are happy to say that the number of states has increased from 11 to 21, including Gujarat, which will implement it by April 1, 2016.”
With over 38m beneficiaries receiving 2.1m tonnes of subsidised grains, Gujarat’s implementation will centre on digital links to ration cards and the computerisation of entire supply chain, including point-of-sale devices across stores.
"Gujarat has done more than what is required in the Act in terms of computerisation of point of sale. Computers will say how many persons are there in a beneficiary's family, how much grains are required to be allocated," Paswan said.
All states must now make provisions for the online allocation of food grains under the NFSA, he said.
“Point-of-sale devices have been set up in 1 lakh out of 529,496 fair price shops across the country, and in 3 lakh it will be set up by 2017. We will cover all the shops by 2019," he said.