Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan said on Sunday only five States had fully implemented the National Food Security Act, 2013 and seven others had done so partially so far.

Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Punjab have fully implemented as per the provisions of the Central Act, the Food and Public Distribution Minister told reporters here. Seven other States, including Bihar, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Chandigarh have implemented the Act partially.

He said as per the Act, all States are required to identify the number of beneficiaries by July 4, but only 12 States have done so thus far.

The Centre will soon take a call on whether or not to extend the deadline for identification of beneficiaries under the Act, the Minister said. In Bihar’s case, as many as 1.58 crore families have been under the Act.

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