IMPHAL, Feb 18 � The National Food Security Act (NFSA) which was implemented two years ago in the country, will be implemented in North Eastern States by June/July this year.
This was announced by Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan on his maiden visit to Manipur after becoming a Minister in the BJP Government at the Centre, in Imphal on Saturday.
Paswan was speaking to media persons at Hotel Imphal after attending a review meeting on the preparatory work for the implementation of NFSA in Assam, Manipur, Tripura and Mizoram.
The Union Minister said that computerisation of data has been completed to the extent of 90 per cent in Mizoram and Tripura, Manipur has done 77 per cent and Assam 62. Assam and Tripura have informed that they will be ready to roll out the Act in June next while Manipur informed that they will implement the scheme by July.
Paswan also informed that the ongoing mega-block due to Lumding-Silchar railway line broad gauge conversion through which the supply of food grains for Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and south Assam goes, will be lifted and the track will be made operational after March 31 next.
�The Railways have targeted to complete the broad gauge conversion by March 2015,� he said and directed the concerned officials that all efforts should be taken to ensure adequate supply of foodgrains in the NE States.
Earlier, Food Corporation of India (FCI) which transports about 85,000 MT of food grains per month for the NE States, had even plans to import rice from Myanmar. The monthly requirement of these States is 82,744 MT for which storage capacity of 12,6443 MTs is available with FCI against which the Corporation is having stock of 1,19,000 MTs of foodgrains in various godowns in the region.
Regarding the complaint of anomalies in the distribution of grains through PDS, he said, �We are aware of such grievances, but it depends on the State Governments on how to improve the system.� After attending the meeting of Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in Guwahati, Union Minister Paswan airdashed here to lay the foundation for construction of food storage depots at Bishnupur and Sawombung on Sunday besides attending the review meeting of FCI and State officials.