Terming the National Food Security Act (NFSA) “anti-people and a persecution of the poor and underprivileged”, National Conference General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar on Tuesday appealed to J&K Governor to immediately put the NFSA into abeyance and issue instructions to the Administration to provide 35 kgs of ration to every household as per the 2011 census figures.“The NFSA-induced ration crisis in the State is deplorable and unacceptable,” he said. “I appeal to the Honourable Governor to put the NFSA implementation into abeyance and heed to the sufferings and misery of the people. The Government should immediately start distributing 35 kgs of ration per household as per the 2011 census figures. The NFSA implementation deprives around 4.5 lakh families of necessary, basic amounts of ration within Srinagar city alone.
A continued delay by the Government to acknowledge growing public resentment and anger against this atrocity would be dangerous and counterproductive to the cause of peace and prosperity of the State.”The NC General Secretary said, “the previous Omar Abdullah-led State Government had opposed the implementation of the NFSA in the State after considering the implications of the Act on the people of the State.” “Families belonging to both APL and BPL categories were being provided adequate ration by the previous Omar Abdullah-led Government. While ration allocation to the APL families will be completely halted under the NFSA guidelines, the allocation for BPL families too takes a severe hit and is compounded by new impeding formalities and unrealistic conditions. The very factors used to distinguish between BPL and APL families are ridiculous and out of sync with the realities in the State. If a household has a gas cylinder, a mobile phone connection, a television set or a tin-roof, the NFSA guidelines deems that family as an APL family and deprives it of basic amount of ration – as was being provided by the previous Government.
This is an atrocity and an attempt to persecute the people.”“Is this the National Food Security Act or the Food Insecurity Act as far as people of J&K are concerned? The previous PDP-BJP Government enacted the law in the State by passing a resolution in the Cabinet while all Union government Laws should be passed by the State Legislature before implementation in the State. The previous State Government led by Omar Abdullah had demanded that the Union Government removes the unrealistic conditions in the NFSA guidelines and also provides for allocation of ration to families in both the APL category and the BPL category as per the NFSA guidelines and the 2011 census. Since the Union Government rejected these demands, the Omar Abdullah-led Government refused to allow the implementation of the National Food Security Act in the State despite persistent demands from the Union Government and our then alliance partner in the State,” Ali Mohammad Sagar stated. (CNS)