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Consultation on food security seminar
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Published on 16 Nov. 2010 12:42 AM IST
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Two-day seminar on ‘Consultation on food Security was jointly organized by Konyak Union (KU) and Hill Area Development Organization (HADO) on November 12 and 13 at DC’s conference hall, Mon with Zenito, director, food and civil supply, Nagaland, Dimapur as chief guest.
Speaking at the inaugural function, the chief guest highlighted various programmes sanctioned under public distribution system and its beneficiaries allotted district wise.
He said a large number of genuine beneficiaries have been left out because the number of beneficiaries have been allotted and fixed by the Central government without any proper survey. Urging the NGOs and Church leaders to create awareness to the targeted groups in the village levels and to maintain proper records, he said the center has lost faith in the BPL distribution systems because “no death report” of the beneficiaries was submitted since its inception.
He said the targeted groups should be benefited and check that TPDS and PDS were not sold and urged fair price shops to function properly as per government’s guidelines.
Deputy commissioner, Mon Dinesh Kumar, IAS in his speech pointed out that since April 2009 the village councils were authorized to collect BPL directly and not from the fair price shops, adding, the village councils were fully responsible for BPL.
DC further directed them to deposit the required amount in advance for regular disposal of the goods and informed that in order to implement the department’s programmes effectively, a district vigilance committee has been constituted with timely meetings and monthly physical verification conducted.
He further cautioned that fair price shop found violating the instructions of the committee during physical verification, would have their license terminated.
He also urged the gathering to inform and report to DC if there was any misuse of PDS for necessary action.
Peihwang Wangsa, executive director, HADO, in his keynote address said food security had became the concern of global community today as millions of people were suffering due to lack of basic food intake.
He asserted food security was a striking problem and a threat to the livelihood of the people in Mon district and adeded that Konyaks’ were self-sufficient, with enough agricultural land. However, he said in modern era, the masses were poor and ignorant, not because of lack of land or natural resources, but due to lack of capital, scientific/technical application and infrastructural inadequacies.
He further opined that the age old practice of jhum cultivation could produce rice, which may last for 6-7 months at the most, leading them to depend on the market product. He also highlighted the recent survey of Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) of Mon district, undertaken by HADO, showed there was mass poverty, insufficiency of food, health problem, water scarcity, low rate of literacy, opium addiction and illegal trafficking etc.
Concept of food security was explained by L. Meru, senior coordinator, CASA, Guwahati while Bongti, DHO Mon, K. Thongbanga, ADS Mon, president village council union, Mon and Yeanglong, vice president, KU spoke at the function. The two days seminar was attended by KU, KNSK, KSU and Church leaders of Mon district and government officers.
In the seminar, the members adopted a resolution for smooth and regular distributions of public distribution systems to the targeted group.

 
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