Indian Government is gradually planning to upgrade its policies from food security to nutritional security. The Government is mulling to distribute, egg, chicken, meat and fish through the Public Distribution Scheme to the poor people at lower affordable rates.
Niti Aayog, is mulling a proposal which aims to improve India’s low nutrition ranking and based on the idea that the government subsidise the protein-rich food like- eggs, fish, chicken and meat, possibly through its public distribution system. It is hoped to be a part of Niti Aayog’s 15-year Vision Document. It is expected to be formulated by early next year and will be effective from April 1, 2020. This could be a right move of the Government from food security to nutritional security.
Niti Aayog is looking at incorporating the list of food items under the Public Distribution System to include these food items in the food subsidy programme along with other cereals. Though India is self-sufficient in majority of food grains but it ranks low in nutrition and hunger alleviation.