Topic: Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
2. The National Food Security Act (NFSA) with the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) add-on during the pandemic is a star achievement of our 75 years of independence. Elaborate. (250 words)
Difficulty level: Moderate
Why the question:
At a time when central banks all over the world are into a round robin of interest rates hikes, in a context of impending recession in several major world economies, an unending war, and uncertainty about energy availability and pricing going into the northern hemisphere winter, the only cheering news was India’s further extension for three months upto the end of December 2022 of free food under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY).
Key Demand of the question:
To write about the achievements of NFSA and the PMGKAY.
Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the context. You must be defining key terms wherever appropriate and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
Begin by writing about the aims and the objectives of NFSA and PMGKAY.
First, in brief, write about the major features of NFSA and PMGKAY.
Next, write about the achievements of NFSA and PMGKAY since its inception. Cite statistics to substantiate. Highlight the role of PMGKAY in the pandemic times.
Next, write a few limitations of NFSA and PMGKAY and suggest ways to improve it.
Conclude with a way forward.