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अंग्रेज़ी सीखने का अवसर (कक्षा प्रारंभ : 5 अक्तूबर, शाम 6 से 8)
New guidelines for States for Implementation of National Food Security Act
Jan 18, 2014

During the meeting of Food Secretaries of various States to review the arrangements for procurement of wheat for coming marketing season and other infrastructure requirements the State Governments have been urged to open more purchasing centers and assess all necessary infrastructure requirements for increased procurement of food-grains for implementation of Food Security Act. It should include storage space, credit and staff requirement.

This will help in implementing the National Food Security Act judiciously. National Food Security Act, requirement of food-grains is estimated to be 614.3 lakh tons against the average procurement of 514 Lakh tons in last five years.

Under the National Food Security Act, the Government of India will now provide assistance to States in meeting the expenditure incurred by them on transportation of food-grains within the State, its handling and FPS dealers’ margin as per norms to be devised for this purpose.

Under the Act, Grievance Redressal Mechanism at the District and State levels have to be set up and provisions have to be made for disclosure of records relating to PDS. The Act also provides for social audits and setting up of Vigilance Committees in order to ensure transparency and accountability. Provision for penalty on public servant or authority, to be imposed by the State Food Commission, in case of failure to comply with the relief recommended by the District Grievance Redressal Officer, has also been made in the Act.

One of the most significant features is the provision for Food Security Allowance to entitled beneficiary in case of non-supply of entitled food-grains or meals. The Act will provide food security to two-third population of the country and with its focus on nutritional support to children and pregnant women it will address the problem of malnutrition also effectively.


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