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With reference to the provisions made under the National Food Security Act, 2013 consider the following statements:
1. The families coming under the category of ‘below poverty line (BPL)' only are eligible to receive subsidised grains.
2. The eldest woman in a household, of age 18 years or above, shall be the head of the household for the purpose of issuance of a ration card.
3. Pregnant women and lactating mothers are entitled to a take-home ration' of 1600 calories per day during pregnancy and for six months thereafter.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 and 2
(b) 2 only
(c) 1 and 3
(d) 3 only

Answer:

B

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Explanation:

Statement 1 is incorrect. The National Food Security Act, 2013 extends the coverage of subsidized grains beyond families classified as 'below poverty line (BPL)'. It includes specific categories such as priority households and eligible households for receiving subsidized grains.

Statement 2 is correct. According to the act, the eldest woman in a household, of age 18 years or above, is recognized as the head of the household for the purpose of issuing a ration card.

Statement 3 is incorrect. The act provides nutritional support to pregnant women and lactating mothers, but it does not specify a daily calorie intake of 1600 calories.

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