Aizawl, Sept 30: As planned by the centre, the National Food Security Act, 2013 would be implemented in Mizoram from this November for which preparation is on under the Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, John Rotluangliana, the minister of state’s Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs said here today.
Speaking to media in a press conference, Rotluangliana said that 7,06,296 out of around 12 lakh people in the state would be covered by the Food Security Scheme while the rest of the population would be able to purchase eight kilos of rice per month at a higher rate. The calculation is based on the 2011 general census and National Sample Survey Oganisation statistics. 48.60 percent of the population in urban areas and 81.88 percent of the rural population would be covered by the Act.
The minister said that ‘The Mizoram Food Security Rules, 2015 and Guidelines for Selection of Beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act, 2013 has been framed already.
He added that selection of beneficiaries would be made from digitized Ration Card holder.
“The AAY (Antyodaya Anna Yojana) families numbering 26,100 (covering 1,28,114 persons) would be given a monthly quota of 35 kilos at the cost of Rs 3 a kilo,” he said, adding that 5,78,182 people would receive five kilos of rice at the rate of Rs 3 per month under the scheme,” the minister said.
Since one month quota of rice per person is only 5 kilos under the new scheme the state government made arrangements so that people receiving five kilos a month at the rate of Rs 3 would avail additional three kilos at the rate of Rs 15 a kilo, the minister said. He also said that the people left out by the Food Security Scheme would also be able to purchase eight kilos of rice at the rate of rupees 15 per month so that the whole population is covered by the PDS.
Under the new act, said that Minister the state government would receive 66,0000 quintals of rice at subsidized rate from the centre. The central government would also meet Rs 75 per quintal as carriage charges.
“While the Net Expenditure per month of Mizoram before the implementation of the National Food Security Act, 2013 was Rs. 11,34,29,875, it would reduced to Rs. 6,51,72,844 after the implementation of the Act resulting in saving of Rs. 4,82,57,030”, he said. Rice was being procured from a local contractor of Aizawl, he added.