style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; text-align: justify; ">The per capita availability of foodgrains and pulses has increased from 436 Grams per day in 2008 to about 463 Grams per day in 2011 (provisional).
As per provisions of the National Food Security Bill, 2011 introduced in the Lok Sabha on 22.12.2011, the annual requirement of the foodgrains for targeted public distribution system and other food based welfare schemes is estimated at 60.74mn tonnes.
The National Food Security Mission (NFSM) was implemented in 11th Plan (2007-2012) to increase the foodgrains production by 20mn tonnes (10mn tonnes of Rice & 8mn tonnes of Wheat and 2mn tonnes of Pulses) by the year 2011-12 (XI Plan) to meet the demand of growing population.
The Mission has delivered its envisaged outcomes and an additional foodgrains production of about 40mn tonnes has already been achieved by 2011-12 against pre-NFSM year of 2006-07.
The highest ever foodgrain production of 257.44mn tonnes is estimated during 2011-12 (4th Advance Estimate) which is 13.44mn tonnes higher than the Planning Commission’s projected demand of 244mn tonnes.
This information was given by Harish Rawat, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha