The National Food Security Act, 2013 has been implemented in the State of Assam since December 2015 and under NFSA’13 , 84.17% of Rural population and 60.35% of Urban population (as per Census 2011) of the state are covered to distribute rice at highly subsidized rate of Rs 3.00 per kg. The total population benefitted under NFSA’13 in the state is 2.52 crore. There are two categories of beneficiaries under NFSA’13 –
The Antyodaya Anna Yojana scheme is in implementation since November, 2001 in the state as per GOI’s guidelines. The State has 7.04 lakhs of AAY families as per the direction of the Central Govt. and all these AAY families are selected under NFSA’13 and are provided with highly subsidized rice @35 kg per family per month at Rs. 3/- per kg (after State subsidy @ Re 1/kg the rice is now distributed at Rs 2/kg).
The Priority Household beneficiaries are comprised of all the eligible families from the erstwhile categories of BPL, APL, MMASY FICs under PDS/TPDS. The new applicants are also considered under Priority Household category. The Priority Household beneficiaries are provided with 5 kg of Rice /family member at Rs 3.00 per Kg (after State subsidy @ Re 1/kg the rice is now distributed at Rs 2/kg).
The Transportation Cost and Commission for the above is borne by the Central and State Govts.