IMPHAL, April 25 - Manipur Government has finally launched the much-awaited National Food Security Act (NFSA) in the State on Monday.
The formal launch of the NFSA was held at FCI godown at Sangaiprou near here in presence of Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, Consumers Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ksh Biren and others.
�The proposed implementation of the scheme had been postponed several times in the State due to extra financial involvement,� said Ibobi while addressing the launching function. �The government will include those �genuine left over� beneficiaries in the upcoming enrollment process�, he added.
One of the reasons for the delay in the implementation was the issue of transport subsidy to be borne by the State (25 per cent) and Central Government (75 per cent).
Stating that the matter relating to the NFSA should not be politicalised as it is concerned with the rights of the citizens, he expressed the need to monitor the scheme as there were chances of misuse.
The Chief Minister appealed to the public to organise comprehensive awareness programme on the NFSA across the State.
The Left Government in Tripura had introduced the NFSA from September 1 last year while neighbouring Assam implemented the scheme from December last year.
The NFSA will give direct benefit to people in 14 constituencies � four in Imphal West and eight in Imphal East districts.
Under NFSA, which came into force on July 5, 2013, each eligible person will get five kg of rice at Rs 3 per kg. The scheme will cover a total of 21,31,652 beneficiaries out of 28,55,794 population in the State, according to State principal secretary (CAF and PD) MH Khan.