IMPHAL, April 9 - The Manipur Government has directed all its employees to surrender their National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013, cards within seven days. Special Secretary of the State Home Department H Gyan Prakash issued an office memorandum to this effect on Wednesday.
��failing which disciplinary action will be taken under the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control & Appeal) Rules, 1965, as adopted by the Government along with action under Section 52 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005,� the memorandum said.
Data available with the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, indicates that 88.56 per cent of the State�s rural population and 85.75 per cent of the urban population (based on 2011-12 National Sample Survey Office data) are covered by the NFSA, 2013.
However, reports indicate that a number of government employees, who are ineligible, have been issued cards under the NFSA, 2013 and are getting rice under the scheme at the cost of eligible households which have not been issued NFSA cards, it said.
In view of the development, the DCs started issuing necessary orders directing all government staff in their respective districts to surrender their cards within seven days starting from Thursday, failing which disciplinary action would be taken. The DCs also urged the people to intimate if they come to know about government employees in unauthorised possession of NFSA cards.
Medical College: Central authorities have approved of the proposal to set up a State medical college in Churachandpur district. Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh stated this in a video message to the people on the Government�s steps to combat COVID-19 on Thursday.
He said that the State medical college would be set up with the existing infrastructure and facilities of the district hospital in Churachandpur.
Once the Churachandpur college is completed, the State will have three medical colleges. The two existing medical colleges of Manipur are the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences and the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences.