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G.S. Bali urges for wheat flour under NFSA

G.S. Bali

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Shimla , 30 Sep 2013

The State Government today urged the Central Government to provide Wheat flour in place of Wheat grains under National Food Security Act.The demand was made by Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister  G.S.Bali while speaking in Food Ministers conference held  in New Delhi today.He said that there were no grinding facilities in remote, rural, backward, tribal and difficult areas of the State and the people were demanding wheat flour in place of wheat grain and added that under the National Food Security  Act the State Government had to bear the expenditure of grinding wheat to provide wheat flour  if  the State Government wants to provide flour  in place of wheat. He told that the State Government does not have sufficient funds for conversion of wheat grain into flour and demanded the reimbursement of full expenditure to the State Government in this regard.

Shri G.S.Bali said that the State had food grain storage capacity for around  45 days only and  requested the central assistance for enhancing the storage capacity of  the Food Corporation of India as well as the HP State Civil Supplies Corporation so that at least three months ration  requirement could be stored at a time in order to meet any eventuality due to the difficult topographic condition in the State. He said that at present the storage capacity available with the State was 55,371 Mts. and Food Corporation of India was having 34,730 Mts.  He said that the Himachal Pradesh State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd. was not in position to construct scientific warehouses for storage of huge food grains due to paucity of funds and   requested the Government of India to provide grants for construction of warehouses to H.P. State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd. and further requested to direct Food Corporation of India to increase its storage capacity in the State.

Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister said that “Rajiv Gandhi Ann Yojna” under NFSA, 2013 had been launched by Chief Minister  Shri Virbhadra Singh  on 20th September, 2013 and would be  implemented  from 1st  October, 2013 in the State.He said that at present 100% population of the State was covered under TPDS and food grains, as per scale fixed by the Government of India were being provided to all the ration card holders through a network of 4, 762 fair price shops and thanked   the Government of India for providing subsidized food grains, Kerosene Oil and LPG to the State. 

Shri G.S.Bali said that however, under   NFSA,  only  36,82,000 population  of the State  had been  covered  as per the Act, and added that 56.23% of the rural and 30.99% of the urban population  would be entitled to get subsidized food grains and further  requested  that the coverage of beneficiaries may be  enhanced  to 75 % of  rural population and 50 % of Urban population as mandated in the Act. He said that Antoday AnnYojna (AAY) and BPL households, Annapurna beneficiaries, households getting  welfare pension and Tibetan permit holders were automatically included  in eligible  households under NFSA, which covers 26,78,804 population and rest of the beneficiaries  10,03,196 were be identified by the State for which the guidelines has been issued to the Urban Local Bodies and Gram Panchayats. He assured that the Government would complete the entire selection process by the end of October, 2013 positively.Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister said that delivery of food grains was upto the FPS level in the State. There were 4762 Fair Price Shops (FPS) in the State and each FPS catering to less than 1600 ration card population., he added.

 He said that the State Government had signed MoU with the Government of India for implementation of end to end computerization project in the State for which a proposal to the tune of Rs. 16.67 Crore had been sent to the Government of India for grant of funds and requested to provide financial assistance to the State for implementation of e-PDS, establishment of CCTV cameras and GPS system for stopping persion in transportation and other malpractices in TPDS.

Shri Bali said that District Food and Civil Supplies Controllers had been designated as District Grievance Redressal Officer at District Level. The pisional Commissioners had been designated as the State Food Commissioner who would function within their respective jurisdiction. He said that Fair Price shops were being opened at public demand as per the guidelines issued by the Government and orders of High Court of Himachal Pradesh.He said that urban Local Bodies and Panchayati Raj Institutions had been involved in the identification of beneficiaries under the Antoday Ann Yojna (AAY) and Priority households as per notification dated 1-08-2013. They would also be involved as part of the Vigilance committees already operating in the State. Vigilance committees were already functioning under TPDS and fresh Vigilance Committees were being constituted for monitoring the distribution of food grains under NFSA he added. Shri G.S.Bali said that Sugar was being distributed to all ration card holders irrespective of categories. He said that Kerosene was being issued to  card holders having  Single Barrel Connection and non LPG holders  and temporary ration card holders in non tribal areas, ,whereas  in tribal areas  all ration card holders were entitled for kerosene oil as per  scale fixed  by the State Government.


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