Since its inception in 2003, SNS has been working with residents of low income slum settlements in Delhi to ensure that they get their rightful entitlements under the Public Distribution System (PDS) – a scheme wherein the government provided essential commodities like food grain and kerosene oil at subsidized rates to the poor. The PDS is now an entitlement guaranteed under the Nation Food Security Act. Under the NFSA, up to 50% of the urban population and up to 75% rural population are entitled to 5 kgs of subsidized grains per person per month. Families under the Antodaya category are to receive 35 kgs per family per month. Under the Act, rice and wheat are to be provided at Rs. 3 and Rs. 2 per kg respectively.
As per guidelines issued by the Delhi government, households who already have AAY, BPL, Jhuggi Ration Card (JRC), Resettlement Colony Ration Card (RCRC) are eligible for food grains under TPDS. In addition, households with an annual income of less than Rs. 1 lakh and fulfilling other defined criteria are eligible for accessing entitlements under the NFSA.