JAMMU: The state cabinet which met here on Monday under the chairmanship of chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, gave the go-ahead to implementation of ‘Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Food Entitlement Scheme (MMSFES)’ in Jammu and Kashmir from July 1, 2016.
The scheme shall supplement the Right to Food Security for 5 kg food-grains per soul per month guaranteed by the TDPS system under NFSA-2013 and provide additional entitlement of multiples of 5 Kg food-grains per soul for the TDPS population in various categories namely BPL, Priority Household (PHH) and NPHH with family size of 1 to 6.
The quantum of additional food-grains would be 5 kg per soul subject to a maximum ceiling of 35 kg per family.
In this regard, the Finance department has been asked to provide a Trading Account of Rs 1,497.57 crore (Rs 517.68 cr for NFSA and Rs 978.89 crore for ‘Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Food Entitlement Scheme’) for cost of food-grains and allied expenditure on account of carriage, commission and handling charges.
The cabinet decided to provide preparatory time to the CA&PD department for obtaining statutory clearances and assurances from the government of India and the Food Corporation of India (FCI), so that the scheme is effectively implemented in Jammu and Kashmir.
It also asked CA&PD department to work out and make the necessary logistic arrangements for transportation, handling and distribution of food grains including Atta under the ‘Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Food Entitlement Scheme’.