NPRAAF alleges widespread irregularities in NFSA implementation

NPRAAF alleges widespread irregularities  in NFSA implementation
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Dimapur, September 2: The Nagaland Public Rights Awareness and Action Forum (NPRAAF) has appealed to the Government of Nagaland to implement Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) under National Food Security Act 2013 (NFSA) meaningfully to benefit the public, instead of merely showing implementation of the flagships programmes on papers alone.
The National Food Security Act provides for coverage of up to 75% of rural population and up to 50% of urban population for receiving subsidized food grains under TPDS, thus covering two-third population of the country. The eligible persons identified by the states/UTs are entitled to receive 5 kgs of foodgrains per person per month at subsidized rate of Rs 3/2/1 per kg for rice/wheat/coarse grains respectively with their Priority Household (PHH) ration card. The existing Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) households, which constitute the poorest of poor, receive 35 kgs of food grains per household per month.
NPRAAF said Nagaland receives 16,625 Metric Ton (MT) annually with monthly allocation of 1385 MT (19 lakh kg per month) and from PHH, Nagaland receives 76,331 MT with monthly allocation of 6360 MT (40 lakh kg per month)
However, NPRAAF claimed that in most village in Nagaland AAY reach the beneficiaries only once in 2 or 3 month and there has been some instance where the rice is sold to the beneficiaries at a higher price in the villages.
The identified household under the scheme are entitled 35 Kgs per month however it was found that in most village NPRAAF interacted AAY scheme is not known, it claimed.
NPRAAF also claimed that in many village in Nagaland, families receive rice under PHH which is about 3 or 4 kg per person once in two or three month, which it said is in violation to Government of India guidelines under NFSA.
“It’s totally evident that, the state cannot use up more than 13 (thirteen) lakh kg of rice even under AAY scheme.alone even if its distributed 1 lakh kg to each districts of Nagaland,” it said.
NPRAAF claimed that even under Dimapur District, most village receive 25+25 = 50 kg per household once in two months under AAY, which is in violation to GoI guidelines, It also expressed shock that thousands of beneficiaries are non-Nagas even though on paper it shows utilization of 602.90 Qtl under AAY and 10284.90 Qtl under PHH covering population of 2,95,779 as per records.
It also alleged that village leaders were asked to hurriedly sign on a piece of blank paper and over a revenue stamp “where above was written acknowledgement of having received unspecified (blank) amount of cash by the department officials.”
“The village leaders were also made to sign inbox of column 9 and 10 of a particular document, without explaining the contents on the pretext of urgency requirement of their signatures. The act of the officials was illegal, and liable under section 8 and 9 of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988, which is punishable with jail term and imprisonment,” it stated.
According to NPRAAF, the village leaders were later paid some cash on account of transportation bill. “The transportation bill for per bag of rice is fixed at Rs 125 by Government of India, however a small amount of cash was paid for accumulated 9 months transportation bill. The amount varied from village to village. The process itself was in violation to Govt of India guidelines,” it said.
Also informing that Government of Nagaland receives monthly allocation of levy sugar from GoI through FCI about 1179 Metric Ton (MT), which is about 13,90,041 lakh kilograms and 7 rakes of Iodized salt (1 rakes carries 2,500 tonne of salt) annually. However, NPRAAF claimed that even in districts hardly 4 times of levy sugar was distributed in two years, and in many villages distribution of levy sugar is unknown. It also claimed that in spite of more than requirement supply in quantity each month, distribution of iodized salt is unknown even in districts.
Nagaland also receives superior kerosene oil (SKO) monthly allocation of 1425 kiloliters (1 kiloliter = 1000 liters ) however in spite of abundant supply by GoI, hardly per family receives 2 to 4 litres per family once after every two to three month, it claimed.
The NPRAAF said it will submit memorandum to the Government seeking clarity on the implementation of the status of Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) under NFSA 2013. It cautioned that the State Government will soon face massive public uprising unless it change its corrupt ways and give public due benefits as per the law.
Further reminding the State Government that multiple taxation by various under ground factions on all centrally sponsored flagships programmes, schemes and contracts will be a hindrance for progress of the State, the NPRAAF renewed its appeal to the Government of Nagaland to implement High Power Committee (HPC) report to curb illegal and multiple taxation, which is the long pending desire of the Nagas. (Page News Service)