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National Food Security Act 2013

Download PDF Here 1) When the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) has come into force in the State of J&K? As per Cabinet decision No.166/13/2015 dated:02-12-2015, the National Food Security Act,  2013 has been implemented in the whole of the J&K State with effect from 01-02-2016 vide   Government Order No.01-CAPD of 2016 dated:04-01-2016 with the objective to provide  food and nutritional security by ensuring access to adequate quantity of quality food at  affordable prices. 2)        What are the entitlements for foodgrains under NFSA? Every person belonging to identified eligible households is entitled to receive 5 Kg of  foodgrains per person per month at subsidized prices under TPDS. The existing Antyodaya   Anna Yojana (AAY) households, which constitute the poorest of the poor, will continue to  receive 35 Kg of foodgrains per household per month.  3) What are the prices at which foodgrains will be provided to the entitled beneficiaries? Foodgrains under TPDS under the Act will be made available at subsidized prices of Rs. 3/-   and Rs. 2/- per Kg for rice and wheat respectively under priority category.  4)        How does NFSA empower women? Under NFSA Act, 2013 the eldest women who is not less than 18 years of age in every  eligible household shall be head of the household for the purpose of issue of ration card.  5) Whether the entire population of the State is covered under the Act to receive the subsidized foodgrains? Under this Act 63.55% of the rural population comprising of 58.05 lakh souls and 47.10%   of the urban population comprising of 16.08 lakh souls  totaling  to74.13  lakhs  souls    will  be  covered  in  Jammu  and Kashmir  State  under  priority  category  and  45  lac   souls under  non- priority category.   Over all 119.13 lac souls will be covered under the  NFSA out of 125 lacs Census population of 2011.  6)       What is the basis for determining State-wise coverage under TPDS under the NFSA and what are the State-wise percentage coverage? Planning Commission has determined the State-wise coverage by using the NSSO  Household Consumption Survey data for 2011-12. The State- wise percentage coverage of  population under TPDS under NFSA in respect   of   J&K   is   63.55%   rural   population    and   47.10%   urban population.  7)        How and by whom the eligible households for coverage under TPDS will be identified? Within the coverage under TPDS determined for each State, the work of identification of  eligible households is to be done by State. The State Government has issued a   Government Order for identification of priority households under NFSA and the criteria  notified is as under:  i.  Present AAY and BPL lists. ii. Households having meager monthly income (certificate from competent  authority)  iii. Houseless and Landless iv. Widows, orphans, destitues; militancy and violence affected families in  low income group, leprosy patients and domestic house maids  v.  Weaker sections, nomadic families vi. Old    age    pension    holders,    specially    abled/physically handicapped.  vii.Inhabitants having Kuchha houses   viii.Displaced families (Natural Calamity) ix. Labourers and workers x. Slum Dwellers xi. Any   other   deserving   families   identified   by   competent authority not  included above  8)     What are the other entitlements for food security in NFSA? In addition to entitlement for subsidized foodgrains under TPDS, the Act provides  for   nutritional  support  to  pregnant  women  and  lactating mothers and children. Pregnant  women and lactating mothers and children in the age group of 6 months to 14 years   will be entitled to meals as per prescribed nutritional norms under Integrated Child  Development Services (ICDS) and Mid-Day Meal (MDM) schemes. Higher  nutritional norms have been prescribed for malnourished children upto 6 years of age.  Pregnant women and lactating mothers will also be entitled to receive maternity benefit of  not less than Rs. 6,000.  The entitlements for pregnant women and lactating mothers and children upto the age of   6 years, provided in the Act, will be implemented by the Ministry of Women and Child  Development. The entitlements for children in the age group of 6 years to 14 years will be  implemented by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (Department of School  Education and Literacy). 9)     What will happen in case the entitled foodgrains or meals are not provided to the beneficiary? In case of non-supply of the entitled quantities of foodgrains or meals to entitled persons,  such persons shall be entitled to receive food security allowance from the State  Government. 10)    What is the mechanism for addressing the grievances in the Act? The Act provides for putting in place an internal grievance redressal mechanism which may include call centres, help lines, designation of nodal officers, or such other mechanism as  may be prescribed. It is further provided that the State Government shall appoint or designate, for each  district, an officer to be the District Grievance Redressal Officer (DGRO) for expeditious and   effective redressal of grievances of the aggrieved persons in matters relating to  distribution of entitled foodgrains or meals and to enforce the entitlements under the  Act. There is also a provision that every State Government shall constitute a State Food  Commission for the purpose of monitoring and review of implementation of the Act.  11)    Who are the District Grievance Redressal Officers in the State? The following officers are the District Grievance Redressal Officers in the State:- Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara Phone: 01955-252343 Email: kupwara.nic.in 12)    Where can appeal against an order of DGRO be filed? Any complainant or the officer or authority against whom any order has been   passed  by  a DGRO,  who  is  not satisfied with the redressal of grievance,  may file an appeal against such order before the State Food Commission.  13)    Whether there is any provision for levying a penalty for not complying with the provisions of the Act? The Act provides that any public servant or authority found guilty, by the State  Commission at the time of deciding any complaint or appeal, of failing to provide  the relief recommended by the District Grievance Redressal Officer, without  reasonable cause, or wilfully ignoring such recommendation, shall be liable to  penalty not exceeding five thousand rupees.  14)    What is the transparency portal for TPDS? All States/UTs have been asked to develop a single transparency portal which   should have all TPDS related data and information available for public view   without restriction on access and the same should be widely publicized. The   transparency portal would host information in public domain, such as lists of  beneficiaries, FPSs, Storage godowns / depots, F&CS offices / officers, monthly  allocation, actual off-take, etc. The content on the portal must be in the local   language of the State/UT as well as in English wherever possible. Information   about availability of foodgrains will also be disseminated through SMS / email to  the registered beneficiaries and other registered individuals in the local  community.  15)    What  are  the  aims  and  objectives  of  the  scheme  'End-to-end Computerization of TPDS Operations' in the country? Computerization of TPDS operations has been taken up with the aim to improve the  efficiency of the current system and to address various challenges such as leakages  and diversion of foodgrains, fake and bogus ration cards, lack of transparency and  weak grievance redressal mechanisms. 16)    Does NFSA increase the number of beneficiaries to get ration at Rs.2/- & Rs. 3/-? As per the previous TPDS system, only AAY families comprising of 13.77 lakh souls were  getting ration on Rs. 2/- and Rs. 3/- where as under NFSA, 74.13 lac beneficiaries would be  getting ration at these rates. 17)    Does  NFSA  increase  the  beneficiaries  in  comparison  to  existing TPDS system? Under TPDS, J&K State was getting ration on the basis of projected population of the year   2000, i.e. for 99.45 lac souls consisting of 18.02 lakh families. However, State was  distributing ration at a scale of 35 kg per month per family as per Census 2001, to 19.72  lakh families. Under the NFSA, total population covered and provided subsidized ration is 119.13 lac  souls under priority and non-priority category.  18)    What is the cost of ration tickets for 3 years? The cost of ration tickets under NFSA for 3 years is as under: Priority AAY                                      Rs. 30/- Priority Households (PHH)                 Rs. 75/- Non-priority Households (NPHH)       Rs. 100/- Exclusion                                          Rs. 100/- 19)    If  I  do  not  want  ration  can  I  get  a  ration  card  as  identity documents? Under NFSA, the population which doesn’t fall under any of the category are included in   the exclusion category and they shall be provided Ration Cards  not for ration purpose but  for other purposes.  20)    Who are excluded in the State out of purview of NFSA? The   State   Government   have   issued   Government   Order   regarding exclusion of the   population out of the purview of NFSA. The criteria notified for exclusion is as under:-  i) Businessmen having business turnover of Rs. 25.00 Lacs per year;  ii) Income Tax payees of the slab @ 30% or highest tax slab; iii) Persons  having  land  holding  above  80  kanals  in  case  of individuals  and 250 kanals in case of joint family (based on self declaration);  iv) All  Gazetted  Officers  or  equivalent  rank  in  corporations, Boards, PSUs  etc.; v)  All persons holding constitutional authority/positions; 21)    What can I do to complaint for bogus ration card? The complainant can approach the District Grievances Redressal Officer (DGRO) and lodge   complaint about the bogus ration cards and any other issues related to distribution of  subsidized ration.  22)    Where can I locate my ration card? The entire digitized beneficiary data has been uploaded on the nation portal and can be  viewed by anyone on http://www.pdsportal.nic.in  23)    Can I see the allocation of my District/Tehsil under NFSA? The online allocation is available on the CA&PD Department website www.jkcapd.nic.in www.dircapdjmu.nic.in and www.capdkashmir.nic.in
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