IMPHAL: CAF&PD Minister Karam Shyam said that the National Food Security Scheme has covered 24,31,484 individuals which is 85.14 percent of the total population in the state.
Giving clarifications to the policy cut motion raised by the opposition members while tabling the demand grant of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public distribution in the house, Minister Karam Shyam said that NFSA 2013 was initiated in the state in April 2016. Of the 24,84,540 targeted to be covered under NFSA, state government has been able to cover 24,31,484 persons.
Following strong directive to distribute NFSA rice to the targeted beneficiaries directly and transparently, state government had distributed 1667 POS machines to the Rice agents while 658 machines are yet to be distributed. For the purpose, Centre has released Rs two Crores while Rs five crores is to be borne by the state. Centre has also released Rs. 50,93,64,930 meant for payment to Transport subsidy and Fair Price Shop Agents. State is urging the centre to sanction Rs 25 Crores for the year 2019-20, said the minister exuding confidence that the said amount would be released at the earliest.
With the introduction of EPOS machines, seeding of Aadhaar of the NFSA beneficiaries have become mandatory. Beneficiaries whose Aadhaar numbers are not seeded in the system will no longer avail the benefit. Aadhaar seeding has been completed by 82 percent.
Stating that people lack the habit of lodging their grievances with the appropriate Forum, the minister said that the state has its State level Vigilance Committee and District Level Grievances Redresal Cells where the aggrieved people can approach, the Minister said and appealed the people to approach such forum whenever their benefits and rights are deprived of.
The SK oil (Kerosene) quota the state used to receive from the Centre was 4476 KL. Now, this quota has reduced to 2928 KL. Kerosene is distributed to the people at the rate of Rs 35 per litre. As a policy of the Centre, Kerosene quota will no longer be provided to the states with good facilties of LPG gas and Power.
The present government led by Chief Minister N Biren has taken up proper measures to ensure that people no longer suffer shortage of Rice, LPG gas and other essential commodities during bandh, blockade and other calamities.
Opposition MLAs RK Imo and Alfred Arthur raised motion for disapproval of policy cut during the discussion. They alleged of non distribution of rice under NFSA to poor people, inability to check the private sale of Kerosene, lack of proper implementation of NFSA and failure to publish the list of beneficiaries, irregularities in distribution of food cards.