JAMMU: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here on Thursday under the chairmanship of Governor N N Vohra reviewed the implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013.
The SAC was informed that under NFSA 74.13 lac beneficiaries will now receive 5 Kg Rice @ Rs 3 or 5 Kg wheat @ Rs 2 per kg, as a matter of right. Food grains for the remaining 45 lac souls will continue to be available @ Rs 10 per Kg of Rice and Rs 8 per Kg of Wheat. “Thus, effectively, 20 lac more souls will now get covered under the Public Distribution System after the implementation of NFSA.”
The SAC was also informed that 18 districts of the State have become fully compliant and their population is getting benefit of the highly subsidised ration under NFSA from February, 2016. Further, 4 more districts shall migrate in March, 2016 thus making the J&K State fully NFSA compliant.
SAC took note of the significant increase in the number of new ration cards and souls in both provinces of the State. It was informed that 15.25 lac souls in Kashmir and 7.48 lac souls in Jammu have been added as rationees under NFSA.
SAC also took note that the State Government shall now be able to claim reimbursement for door step delivery of foodgrains on account of Inter-state Transport, commission of the Fair Price dealers and computerization of Fair Price Shops from February, 2016 onwards
SAC directed Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department to ensure online availability of ration card, online allocation of foodgrains and online grievance redressal, thus migrating the Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution department from a loose PDS system to Targeted NFSA aimed at providing transparency, good governance and check on pilferages.
SAC also directed the Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution department to complete end to end computerization within next 03 months by installing computers and other peripherals in 426 locations.
SAC took note of the news items appearing in media highlighting the sporadic protests by some sections of the society alleging that they had been adversely affected by the implementation of NFSA. SAC directed Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution department to analyze the problems / difficulties arising out of the implementation of NFSA and chalk out a comprehensive action plan to address the genuine grievances of the people.