The Chhattisgarh government has become the first state in India to implement the food security act that will be notified in six months and will cover almost 90% population of the state.
The Act will provide entitlements on a household basis with the family size of 4.47 in rural and 4.79 in urban areas. The scheme will have families belonging to vulnerable social groups, including tribal groups, widows or single women, terminally-ill persons, physically-challenged persons, elderly-headed households with no assured means of subsistence and persons freed from bonded labour under its purview. Pregnant women, lactating mothers, malnourished children, children between six months and 14 years and all students in hostels or ashrams will get mandatory subsidised food grains. The state has 78% rural and 22% urban population.