Government to discuss implementation of Nation Food Security Act
Prior to the meet, state food secretaries will meet on September 30 to set the agenda for the ministers conference.
Prior to the meet, state food secretaries will meet on September 30 to set the agenda for the ministers conference. The states have been provided one year for the implementation of the historic Act which will ensure heavily subsidized food grains to about 82 crore people as their legal right.
Haryana, Himachal, Rajasthan, Uttrakhand, Mizoram and Delhi have already started its implementation.
The meeting to be inaugurated by Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar and presided over by Food Minister K.V Thomas will discuss criteria to be adopted for inclusion and actual identification of beneficiaries by the states. Issue of fresh ration cards, women empowerment under the Act, doorstep delivery of foodgrains, setting up of grievance redressal machinery at district and state levels, computerisation of targeted public distribution system, creation of scientific storage capacity at various level for timely delivery of foodgrains and opening of new fair price shops wherever required will also be taken up during the deliberations.
Measures to ensure more effective role of local bodies in the implementation of the Act, revamping of vigilance committees at various levels to keep a watch on distribution system, norms for identification of beneficiaries for distribution of sugar and kerosene under PDS, as National Food Security Act does not have BPL category, are also on the agenda of the meet.
Under the Food Security Act the center will provide financial assistance to states for meeting the expenditure on intra-state transportation, handling and margins to be paid to FPS dealers. Clarifications to the issues raised by the states in this regard will also be provided during the day long discussions.