Jammu: The government Monday said that it is working on the implementation of National Security Act (NFSA) 2013 in the state to provide subsidized rice to entire population as per census 2011.
The government also said that the act will cover around 3 lakh families which don’t get subsidized rice as per present Target Public Distribution System (TPDS).
While responding a question by Congress MLA G M Saroori , Minister In-charge, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CA&PD), Vikar Rasool informed the House that NFSA 2013 passed by the government of India is under consideration of the state government which will provide subsidized food grain to 74.13 lakh population of the state.
“Presently the state government is receiving and distributing ration on the basis of projected population of the year 2000 for 18.02 lakh families and as per 2011 census there are 3.02 lakh families who are not being provided ration under present TPDS,” said Vikaar.
He said that there is only one uniform scale of 35 KG of food grains per ration ticket per month under the current TPDS in the state for all categories including APL, BPL and AAY.
“To provide timely implementation of NFSA 2013 in the state and provide ration as per 2011 census, the CAPD department has taken various preparatory steps and has circulated a proforma among the general public through field functionaries to obtaining basic inputs and for finalizing the basic survey of the households with respect to socio economic status in order to arrive at reasonable criteria for inclusion and exclusion of households to be covered under the act,” said Vikaar.
He said that the NFSA-2013 provides for coverage of 75 percent of the rural and 50 percent of the urban population to receive subsidized food grains under TPDS in view the recent trends in production and procurement of food grains.
“According to National Sample Survey Organization data for 2011-12 on consumption expenditure, the coverage determined by the Planning Commission has been calculated as 63.55 percent for rural areas and 47.10 percent for urban areas for the state which works out to be 74.13 lakh persons,” said Vikaar.
Unsatisfied with the minister’s reply, Saroori replied said that the government had failed to conduct the survey for implementation of the acting in past nine months and there is no rice available on the ration depots for the people.
The issue later initiated a debate in the house in which legislators of various political parties criticized the government for failing to provide ration to the people and implement NFSA.
PDP, BJP and NPP raised anti government slogans like “ration pani dey na sakey jo…who sarkar nikamey hai and staged walk out from the house.