Dimapur, July 4: The Nagaland Public Rights Awareness and Action Forum (NPRAAF) has appealed to the Social Welfare Department to strictly implement all the flagship programme under Wheat Based Nutrition Programme (WBNP) and National Food Security Act (NFSA) at the subsidized price not exceeding Rs 2 per kg for wheat, and Rs 1 per kg for coarse grains and rice for Rs 3.
Since Nagas do not consume wheat, the Government of India has converted wheat into rice over and above its share of rice. In view of it there should be sufficient rice to distribute to the targeted beneficiaries, NPRAAF said in a release.
NPRAAF informed that GoI under Women and Child Development has further enhanced the quantity of rice to the State from 4061 Metric Ton (MTs) to 5000+5000 (converted from wheat) MTs of rice just in one quarter of four quarter allocation annually to Nagaland, according to the letter issued by Ministry of Women and Child Development to various States under the signature of Manoj Kumar, Under Secretary, Government of India dated 5th April 2018. Therefore the Government of Nagaland should be in a position to distribute the food adequately, it said.
NPRAAF also appealed to the Social Welfare Department to implement all schemes under ICDS strictly adhering to GoI guidelines.
NPRAAF reminded that Department of the Supreme Court judgment in 2011 and the GoI letter No. 5(25)2010-tech, dated 15.03.2012 communicated to State Governments that safety standards should be strictly followed while providing supplementary nutrition programme (SNP) and that it is necessary to take adequate precaution and ensure that any food supplied through the ICDS system is safe and nutritious.
However, NPRAAF said the Department has not followed the Supreme Court direction nor adhered to GoI guidelines in awarding contracts, which will invite persecution under the law. It asked the Department not to take the matter lightly but take action considering that more than the Supreme Court ruling it’s about humanity, and must work towards fulfilling the objective of GoI in fight against malnourished mother and an infant child.
NPRAAF also appealed to the Social Welfare Department to make good use of NSAP fund to help the old age, handicapped and the poor. (Page News Service)