Aizawl, Feb 5: Mizoram would launch National Food Security Act 2013 from 1 March, said Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs minister John Rotluangliana in a final meeting with FCS&CA Secretary, Director and other officials including DCSO and NIC/WIPRO over the implementation of the act here today.
John Rotluangliana said that thought the implementation of food security act has been partly finalized, it would not be possible to launch in February as the rice allocation is not usually made in the middle of the month. “Therefore, The FSA would be launched from first March,” John Rotluangliana said as he lauded the official for their efforts for the implementation of the Act.
The meeting proposed 25 February as the day for launching of the FSA and chief minister Lal Thanhawla would be invited to launch it. Three different coloured ration cards would be in use and the price of food grains would be reduced after the implementation of the FSA, the meeting said.
In the meeting convened at the minister’s office chamber , Civil Supply Officers from 8 districts of Mizoram elaborated their initiative being taken for the implementation of the NFSA 2013 while NIC/WIPRO Official also gave report of their measures towards computerization of Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS). The officials informed the meeting that Online Allocation Module and Online Grievance Module have been more or less completed.
As per official calculation, 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 the rate of rupees 15 per month.
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 and 5,78,182 people would receive five kilos of rice at the rate of Rs 3 per month under the scheme,” the minister had earlier said.
Under the new act, 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.