Arunachal to implement Food Security Act by 2016; NFSA data to be available on state portal by this month

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Itanagar, July 8: At the Conference of Ministers and Secretaries of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution of States/UTs held at New Delhi on Tuesday, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan along with Union Minister of Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh, chaired the meeting to discuss the implementation of Food Security Act in the north eastern state of Arunachal.
Markio Tado, Parliamentary Secretary of Food and Civil Supplies, Legal Meteorology and Consumer Affairs said that Arunachal Pradesh will implement the National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013 in totality by 31st March, 2016.

Tado who was accompanied by Director Food and Civil Supplies Liyon Borang informed that Arunachal Pradesh has made considerable progress in the implementation of NFSA where important steps of identification of beneficiaries and formation of Grievance Redressal Mechanism has already been completed as mandated by the NFSA, news agency The Arunachal Times reported.

Tado highlighted that the State Government was taking necessary steps to enforce the Essential Commodities Act and Prevention of Black Marketeering and Maintenance of Essential Supplies Act.

While drawing the attention of the house to the difficult terrain and hostile climatic conditions which is the main cause of reluctance from transporters to carry essential food items to the remotest parts of the state accompanied by increase in prices, the State Government has created an effective price monitoring mechanism to regulate the prices for the benefit of the target population.

The prices of essential commodities mainly pulses, cereals, edible oils, onion, potatoes etc are being regulated by the Price Monitoring Cell which has been set up under the aegis of the Directorate of Food and Civil Supplies, he mentioned.

Tado mentioned that in Arunachal Pradesh the prices are fixed on wholesale and retail sale basis by the Deputy Commissioners in consultation with the respective local market committees. He further mentioned that the Government has been vigilant in price control especially with reference to the locations in the Assam border.

In order to overcome the transportation and logistics bottlenecks, the State Government has submitted a proposal for enhancement of Transportation rates to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India. Tado requested the Centre to increase the entitlement of food grains allocation as well as enhance the entitlement from 5 kgs to 12 kgs per person per month under NFSA 2013 to the State Government. 

To further strengthen the food and public distribution framework in the State, Tado informed that necessary interventions like end to end computerization, Online Allocation and Supply Chain Management and other related measures were taken with the greater objective of checking leakage and bringing transparency in the system. In the state portal, the NFSA digitization data will be available in public domain by 31st July, 2015 for transparency and social audit.


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