Governor takes stock as food Act to be implemented in
Governor NN Vohra today reviewed preparedness for implementation of the National Food Security Act in the state from February this year.
He told Chief Secretary BR Sharma to ensure that in accordance with the decision already taken by the erstwhile government, the food security Act shall be implemented in the state from February 2016.
He gave the directions at a meeting here today.
The Governor was informed that with the implementation of the food security Act in the state, food grains at highly subsidised rates shall be provided to 74.13 lakh people, as against the present 13.70 lakh people.
Further, the overall coverage of the public distribution system will get expanded to 119.50 lakh people, as per the 2011 Census, as against the existing 99 lakh people based on the 2001 Census.
The access to food grains shall now be a matter of right and any failure to deliver ration to the beneficiary shall entitle him to the food security allowance.
Once fully implemented, the paper-based ration card system will be replaced by Aadhar-enabled ration e-ticket which shall be available for scrutiny on the web portal of the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department, besides on the websites of the districts. The Act will also ensure against bogus ration cards.
The Chief Secretary informed the Governor that he had reviewed the implementation of the Act in detail through video conferencing with all Deputy Commissioners on January 28.
The Governor said the timelines finalised by the Chief Secretary should be adhered to.
It was reported that the completion of the fidelity process for priority database, Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and Below Poverty Line (BPL), shall be put on the portal and ration cards issued in 18 districts by February 5 and in the remaining four districts by February 10.
The Governor told the Chief Secretary to identify the officials who had ensured timely completion of work. The Governor will host a special function at Raj Bhawan for the officials.
Vohra also directed that all relevant information about the implementation of the food Act should be publicised by the Information Department to create awareness among the people.
The Governor directed the Chief Secretary to ensure that the pace of Aadhar seeding was further accelerated.
He was told that the criteria already notified for the identification of priority and non-priority households under the food Act provides for inclusion of the existing AAY and BPL beneficiaries, households having meagre monthly income, houseless and landless, widows, orphans, destitute, militancy and violence-affected families in the low-income group, leprosy patients and domestic maids, weaker sections, nomadic families, pensioners , specially-abled/physically handicapped, inhabitants having kuchha houses, families displaced by natural calamity, labourers and workers, slum dwellers and any other deserving families identified by the competent authority not included above. Those not included in the above groups will be included in the non-priority category.