Govt. admits to not supplying food to students as per food security law


The Karnataka State government has “candidly” admitted that it did not supply midday meals or food grains between June 1 and October 31 to eligible students studying in government and aided schools who are covered under the midday meal scheme of the National Food Security Act, 2013.


Bench direction

Meanwhile, the Bench also directed to explain how the provisions of the Midday Meal Rules, 2015, framed under the NFS Act, would be implemented in view of COVID-19 situation owing to which schools have remained closed.

The Bench also noted that as per Section 5 of the NFS Act, the government would have to provide appropriate free meals to children aged between six months and six years through the local anganwadi, and one free midday meal to children up to Class VIII every day, except on school holidays, in all schools that were run by the government, local bodies, and government-aided schools.


National Food Security Act, 2013

  • The National Food Security Act, 2013 (also Right to Food Act) is an Act of the Parliament of India which aims to provide subsidized food grains to approximately two thirds of India's 1.2 billion people.
  • It was signed into law on 12 September 2013, retroactive to 5 July 2013. The National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA 2013) converts into legal entitlements for existing food security programmes of the Government of India. 
  • It includes the Midday Meal SchemeIntegrated Child Development Services scheme and the Public Distribution System. Further, the NFSA 2013 recognizes maternity entitlements. 
  • The Midday Meal Scheme and the Integrated Child Development Services Scheme are universal in nature whereas the PDS will reach about two-thirds of the population (75% in rural areas and 50% in urban areas).
  • Under the provisions of the bill, beneficiaries of the Public Distribution System (or, PDS) are entitled to 5 kilograms (11 lb) per person per month of cereals at the following prices:
  • Pregnant women, lactating mothers, and certain categories of children are eligible for daily free cereals.
  • The bill has been highly controversial. It was introduced into India's parliament on 22 December 2011, promulgated as a presidential ordinance on 5 July 2013, and enacted into law on 12 September 2013. 
  • Odisha government implemented food security bill in 14 district from 17 November 2015
  • Assam government implemented Act on 24 December 2015.
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