“The government of India accords high priority to the issue of hunger and malnutrition and is implementing several schemes to improve food situation in the country,” Minister of State (Independent) for Planning, Rao Inderjit Singh said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
The Minister further said government allocates foodgrains at highly subsidised prices to states and union territories under the National Food Security Act, 2013, covering up to 75% of the population in rural and 50% of the population in urban areas.
The Minister’s statement assumes significance as in Global Hunger Index (GHI) report, Indian ranked 97 out of 118 countries. In the GHI report 2015, India was ranked 80th out of 104 countries.
Replying to a separate query, the Planning Minister said that NITI Aayog has not recommended divestment of CPSUs (Central Public Sector Undertaking) and its mandate is limited to making recommendations on strategic divestment only.
Source: Business Standard
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