Govt employees in Manipur asked to surrender NFSA card

Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 8 | Publish Date: 4/8/2020 9:48:29 AM IST

Detecting a good number of ineligible families availing benefits of National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 in the state, Manipur government on Wednesday directed government employees possessing NFSA cards to surrender.

 All government employees, who are ineligible but possessing NFSA cards, must surrender within seven days by contacting the offices of the deputy commissioners concerned through phone or e-mail within seven days from today (April 8, 2020). Disciplinary action will be initiated in case any of the government employees fail to surrender within the set deadline, the order cautioned the employees availing the benefit of the Act which is illegal.

 India government enacted the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in July, 2013 which gives legal entitlement to receive highly subsidized food grains. 

 Under the Act, food grain is allocated at the rate 5 kg per person per month for priority household category and at the rate 35 kg per family per month for AAY families at highly subsidized prices of Rs 1, Rs 2 and Rs 3 per kg for nutri-cereals, wheat and rice respectively.  Coverage under the Act is based on the population figures of Census, 2011.  The Act was extended in Manipur from April 2016.  A source in the state consumer affairs, food and public distribution indicated that 88.56% of rural and 85.75% of urban population of Manipur is covered by the National Food Security Act, 2013. The source alleged that a number of ineligible government employees possessed the NFSA cards and obtained rice under the scheme at the cost of eligible households who have not been issued cards.

 They must surrender the cards within the set seven-day deadline, failing which disciplinary action will be taken against them under CCS(CCA) rules, 1965 as adopted by the government along with action under section 52 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the order of the state home department stated.

 The government action to delete ineligible government employees from the list of beneficiaries of the Act was to ensure outreach of government relief measures to the underprivileged people of the state.  In the backdrop of lockdown to check spread of COVID-19, the state government has declared various relied measures for the people, particularly for the poorer section badly hit by the continuous lockdown. Meanwhile, state social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen today announced that ex-gratia of Rs 500 under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) to  be disbursed for the beneficiaries of old age pension schemes of the state.

 Beneficiaries of Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS), Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS) and Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS) under National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) will get the benefit offered to help them fight against COVID-19.  Kipgen informed that the total amount of Rs 309.87 lakh have been released by the Union ministry of rural development (NSAP section) for the Manipur state.  The funds will be released to the pensioners through Direct Benefit Transfers (DBT) to the respective bank accounts of the beneficiaries, she asserted.


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