Dimapur, February 18: A 7-member delegation of Nagaland Public Rights Awareness and Action Forum (NPRAAF) had a meeting with the Director and other top officials of State Social Welfare Department on February 17 and had discussion on various issue such as distribution of old age pension scheme of Rs 300 for 60 years & above and Rs 500 for 80 years & above per month, as well as other grants from Government of India such as National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS) of Rs 2000 under NSAP.
The Department assured that effort and care shall be made to implement the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAP) to benefit the targeted group as well as all other scheme under National Social Assistance program (NSAP), informed a NPRAAF release.
NPRAAF also discussed Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) schemes including Supplementary Nutritional Program (SNP) and Poshan Abhiyaan implemented by the department. The NPRAAF delegation expressed displeasure that pregnant women, lactating mother and severely malnourished child has not been receiving adequate food benefits granted by Government of India.
The food supplied to the targeted beneficiaries by the SNP suppliers are much below the nutritional norms prescribed by GoI, it said adding it can be understood because even biscuits manufactured by reputed manufacturers like Britannia, Parle etc indicate protein content not more than 8-9 % in their packets. NPRAAF demanded that in future the department must enlist only manufacturing firms which can manufacture micronutrient fortified energy tense food (ready to eat food) and supply the required standard of calories and protein in the food items as per GoI guidelines and Supreme Court directive.
The department assured that all flagship schemes will be implemented with total transparency and will ensure that the targeted beneficiaries are reached and benefited by the ICDS programmes.
NPRAAF also asked the department the details on Poshan Abhiyaan as about Rs 30 crore has been received from ministry of women and children development, GoI. The department explained that details of the scheme implementation can be discussed in due course of time, after ascertaining the project implementation as the directorate has been recently taken over by new team of officers.
The department further assured that all officers and staff are fully committed to serve the State and no stone will be left unturned to give qualified service to the people of Nagaland, the release said.
(Page News Service)