Source: Implementation of  Food Security Ordinance from Aug 20 (AP Times, 11 August 2013), also see The Eastern Sentinel.

National Food Security Ordinance, an ambitious scheme of UPA Government, will be launched in Arunachal Pradesh on August 20. The scheme will initially be implemented in Western Zone comprising Jamiri in West Kameng and Mukto in Tawang, Central Zone comprising Dollunghmukh in Lower Subansiri, Kangkhu in West Siang, Koyu in East Siang and in Eastern Zone comprising Vijaynagar, Namtok and Nampong as a pilot project. It was decided by the State Cabinet in a meeting on August 8, informed Government Spokesman Nabam Rebia in a release.

The existing BPL beneficiaries in these circles will be issued priority Household Ration Cards to launch the scheme. The rest locations will be covered in the next phase.

This bill was just passed in the parliament this month and is getting implemented within this month! Amazing bill. And I am curious how this will impact the need of Vijoynagar Circle. Because as a pilot project, Vijoynagar was also selected.

In the process, I also heard that BPL Ration Cards are not provided to the Yobin. Why not? There are many families who needs so much such provisions than other circles in Changlang District.

The bill is “officially” called National Food Security Act, 2013. See more on this bill.

Highlights of the National Food Security Bill 2013 (Jagranjosh, 11 August 2013).

  • Coverage of two thirds population to get highly susidized foodgrains: Up to 75 percent of the rural population and 50 percent of the urban population will have uniform entitlement of 5 kg food grains per month at highly subsidized prices of Rs. 3, Rs. 2, Rs. 1 per kg for rice, wheat, coarse grains respectively.
  • Poorest of the poor continue to get 35 kg per household: The poorest of poor households would continue to receive 35 Kg food grains per household per month under Antyodaya Anna Yajna at subsidized prices of Rs 3, Rs 2 and Rs 1.
  • Eligible households to be identified by the States: Corresponding to the coverage of 75 percent rural and 50 percent of urban population at all India level, State wise coverage will be determined by the Planning Commission. The work of identification of eligible households is left to the States/UTs, which may frame their own criteria or use Social Economic and Caste Census data.
  • Special focus on nutritional support to women and children: There is a special focus on nutritional support to women and children. Pregnant women and lactating mothers, besides being entitled to nutritious meals as per the prescribed nutritional norms will also receive maternity benefit at least of 6000 rupees. Children in the age group of 6 months to 14 years will be entitled to take home ration or hot cooked food as per prescribed nutritional norms.
  • Food Security Allowance in case of non supply of foodgrains: The Central Government will provide funds to States/UTs in case of short supply of food grains from Central pool, In case of non-supply of food grains or meals to entitled persons, the concerned State/UT Governments will be required to provide such food security allowance as may be prescribed by the Central Government to the beneficiaries.
  • Grievance redressal mechanism at district level: There will be state and district level redressal mechanism with designated nodal officers. The States will be allowed to use the existing machinery for District Grievance Redressal Officer (DGRO), State Food Commission, if they so desire, to save expenditure on establishment of new redressal set up. Redressal mechanism may also include call centers, helpline etc.
  • Expenditure: At the proposed coverage of entitlement, total estimated annual foodgrains requirement is 612.3 lakh tons and corresponding estimated food subsidy for the Bill at 2013-14 costs is about 124724 crore rupees. – See more at: http://www.jagranjosh.com/current-affairs/national-food-security-bill-2013-introduced-in-lok-sabha-1376199883-1#sthash.RMXs8bg1.dpuf
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