SRINAGAR: Amid fresh protests against the implementation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in the Valley, the government on Wednesday said it was drafting a proposal for families whose monthly quota of ration was affected by the law.
“We are exploring how we can increase the scale of ration distributed per soul under the NFSA. We have made a proposal and will submit it soon to the government,” Director Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD), Abdul Rashid War told reporters here.
Protests from central, south, and north Kashmir were reported after the government decided to implement the act from February. However, War said that except Srinagar, Leh, Kargil and Baramulla, the law would be implemented across the state. “These three districts will get ration as per the old arrangement this month,” War added.
Opposition parties and members of social activists carried out a massive protest in the frontier district of Kupwara with consumers refusing to take rations according to the law. Though the district administration had directed CAPD officials to provide ration to the consumers under this Act, the latter refused to take ration saying it would not meet their daily needs. The protesters said implementation of NFSA in the state was a ploy to make people dependent on New Delhi for food grains.
The director, on his part, said the people protesting were misinformed about the Act and scale of ration. “We are rationalising the system of public distribution of food grains and people will get ration properly. Some miscreants and people with vested interests are spreading false information about the law. I assure people that everyone will get the benefits,” War said.
The administration had decided to start the implementation of the 2013 national Act in the state from February 15, which was earlier cleared by the Mufti-led government for direct implementation. As per the act, Atta (wheat flour) will be provided to the poor at Rs 2 per kg and rice at Rs 3 per kg. A major chunk of underprivileged population of 74.13 lakh people will benefit from the implementation of this Act. More than 45 lakh people will get atta at Rs 8 per kg and rice at Rs 10 kg per kg. It is estimated that 95% of the state’s population will be covered under the Act.