Source: News Bharati English27 Apr 2016 17:31:35

Imphal, April 27: In a major move, the National Food Security Act, (NFSA) 2013 was officially launched in Manipur on Monday by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh at the office premises of the Directorate of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (CAF&PD), at Sangaiprou, Imphal.

Launching the NFSA 2013, Ibobi said that it is a remarkable and historic moment for the State and urged everyone to extend maximum support to make the NFSA 2013 a success in Manipur. He said that 84 percent of the total population is eligible for the Act as per 2011 census of which 75 percent will be getting the benefits initially.Marking the launch of the NFSA, the Chief Minister along with deputy Chief Minister, Gaikhangam and CAF&PD Minister, L Biren, jointly flagged off rice laden vehicles from the campus to be distributed to Fair Price Shop (FPS) opened in different areas of Imphal, news agency reported.

Under the NFSA, each eligible household will received 3 Kgs of rice at Rs 3 and households whose income is below Rs one Lakh per annum will be eligible for the Act. Unlike the TPDS scheme no transportation fee would be charged from the beneficiaries.

Speaking at the meeting, principal secretary (CAF&PD), MH Khan, informed that altogether 11,796.56 MT of rice has been sanctioned by the Centre for implementation of NFSA from the month of April onward which included 2200.415 for AAY and 9596 for Priority households. Maintaining that all those who are left out during preparation of cards in the initial phase will be included by June, he informed that a total of 511210 ration cards is under distribution process in Hill areas through the concerned SDOs and DDO.

Amongst others, Works and CAF&PD Minister Ksh Biren, Agriculture Minister Abdul Nasir, Commerce and Industries Minister K Govindas, Health and Family Welfare Minister DK Korungthang, Education and Transport Minister Dr Kh Ratan Kumar, IFCD Minister Ngamthang Haokip, Chief Secretary O Nabakishore and other high ranking officials attended the National Food Security Act, 2013 launch programme.

Although there is provision to cover 87 percent of the State's total population, only 74.64 percent of the total population is covered, stated Principal Secretary MH Khan while highlighting some of the features under the Act. He added that Govt of India has allocated 11, 796 metric tons of rice under NFSA from April and the State Govt has provided Rs 30 crore in the 2016-17 Budget as State share for implementation of NFSA.

The Government of India will reimburse 75 percent of the transportation/ handling cost and dealers margin. The National Food Security Act, 2013 is an Act of the Parliament of India which aims to provide subsidized food grains to the people of India which comes under Priority households and Antyodaya households. Priority households are entitled 5 kgs of foodgrains per person per month, and Antyodaya households are entitled 35 kgs per household per month.