The Department of Food and Public Distribution will organize a National Conference on Food and Nutrition Security on July 5th. “said the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in a statement.
Discussions will take place on food fortification, food basket diversification, crop diversification, the integrated Annavitran portal 2.0, reforms in the PDS and the storage sector. Best practices followed in select states will also be shared for wide replication,” the statement read.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal will address the conference. The conference will bring together Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti and Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Ministers of State (Consumer, Food and Public Distribution) as well as Ministers of Food and Civil Supply of States and Union Territories, according to the statement. .
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The ministry said the conference would serve as a “platform to reflect on challenges and opportunities in the true spirit of cooperative federalism to achieve the transformation of the food and nutrition security ecosystem in the country.”
India’s targeted public distribution system, under the National Food Security Act of 2013 (NFSA), is the largest public food security program in the world, the statement said. The system manages the food security needs of approximately 80 million beneficiaries across the country. through the network of over 5.33 lakh fair price stores. “Government food security response through Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) combined with One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) during the COVID-19 pandemic has served as a lifeline for the people and is hailed around the world as a shining example for its effectiveness and sensitivity towards the poor and vulnerable sections of society,” the statement read.