The National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013, was launched by Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh at a function in Sangaiprou, Imphal on 1 May.
The Chief Minister along with Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam and Consumer Affair Food and Public Distribution Minister L Biren jointly flagged off the vehicles - carrying rice to be distributed to Fair Price Shops (FPS).
The function was held at the office of Manipur Consumer Affair Food and Public Distribution (CAF and PD).
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the NSFA was passed by the Parliament in September 2013, but could not be implemented in maximum states, including Manipur, due to extra financial involvement in implementing the Act.
He said that 84 per cent of the total population is eligible to benefit from the Act as per the 2011 census. To start with, 75 per cent will be able to avail the benefit while the others will be added soon.
The National Food Security Act
The National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013, aims at providing food grains at a subsidised rate.
Under this provision, a consumer will get five kg of rice in a month at the rate of Rs 3 per kg and flour at Rs 2 per kg.
The Antyodya Anna Yojana (AAY) card holders can avail 35 kg of rice per month. The scheme will cover 87 per cent of the population.
The Manipur government has given top priority to the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013, and promised to work for the timely distribution of foodgrains.-ANI