Govt asked to streamline TDPS, curb multiple tax

DIMAPUR, SEP 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/2/2018 1:01:38 PM IST

Pointing out alleged irregularities in which the Targeted Public Distribution System (TDPS) under National Food Security Act 2013(NFSA) is being implemented in Nagaland where items hardly reach beneficiaries despite the state receiving more than surplus items each month, Nagaland Public Rights Awareness and Action Forum (NPRAAF) has appealed to the government to do the needful and also disclosed that it would submit a memorandum demanding clarity on the TDPS under NFSA 2013.

According to NPRAAF, Nagaland receives 16,625 MT of PDS items under Antyodaya Anna Yojana (meant for the poorest of the poor) per month and 1385 MT for Priority House Hold (PHH) scheme. The subsidised price under PHH is Rs. 5 for rice, Rs.2 for wheat and Re. 1 for coarse grains.

However, NPRAAF claimed that beneficiaries in most villages in Nagaland hardly received items under AAY for two or three months while in some instances, rice was sold to beneficiaries in another village at a much higher rate.

Under AAY, a household was entitled to receive 35 kgs of rice per month but in most cases, many did not know anything about the scheme. NPRAAF claimed that even if each district was given 1 lakh kgs, the 13 lakh kgs of rice received under AAY was far in excess. 

In Dimapur, NPRAAF claimed that most villages receive 25+25= 50 kgs per household once in two months only in violation of the NFSA while AAY was unknown in rural areas where it was specially meant for. As per utilisation in the state, NPRAAF said of the population of 2,95,779 of which those ration card holders with Aadhaar totalled 54,818, a total of 602.90 quintals rice were shown as distributed under AAY and 10284.90 quintals under PHH but that thousands of beneficiaries were non-Nagas.

On the allegations of village leaders being asked to sign on revenue stamps in blank papers by department officials, that they had received some unspecified quantity (left blank) under columns 9 and 10 of a document, NPRAAF said the village leaders were not told about the contents of the documents they were asked to sign on. 

In return, NPRAAF claimed the villager leaders were paid some cash from transportation bill @Rs.125 per bag. In view of irregularity, a small amount was paid to the village leaders out of the accumulated nine months of transportation bills. Besides rice, the state also receives a monthly allocation of 1179 MT of levy sugar through FCI or 13,90,041 kgs and seven racks of iodized salt (one rack carries 2500 tons of salt) annually. 

According to NPRAAF, levy sugar was supplied hardly four times in two years in all districts while in most districts sugar was never distributed to beneficiaries. 

It was also disclosed that Nagaland receives 1425 kilo liters (1 kilo litre = 1000 litres) per month but a household hardly received two to four litres once every two to three months.

Under Annapurna Scheme, Nagaland identified 6727 beneficiaries under rural development for senior citizens above 65 years or those not getting pension under Old Age Pension (NOAPS). 

The beneficiaries are given 10 kgs of foodgrains per head per month free of cost. However, NPRAAF alleged that the state had exaggerated the figure of beneficiaries where many deserving senior citizens without any support were deprived.

NPRAAF asked the government to implement TPDS properly under the NFSA lest it face “massive public uprising”.

Multiple Tax: NPRAAF also reminded the state government to respond to the multiple taxations imposed by various underground factions on all centrally sponsored schemes and contracts which are a hindrance to the progress of the state. In this regard it appealed to the state government to implement the recommendation of the High Powered Committee (HPC) in curbing illegal and multiple taxations as desired by Nagas.



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