Social welfare: NPRAAF demands proper implementation of schemes

DIMAPUR, FEB 18 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/18/2020 12:49:31 PM IST

A seven-member delegation of Nagaland Public Rights Awareness and Action Forum (NPRAAF) held a meeting with director and other top officials of social welfare department on Monday to discuss issues like distribution of pension of Rs 300 for persons 60 years and above and Rs 500 for persons 80 years and above per month.

The delegation also discussed grants received from Government of India for National Family Benefit scheme (NFBS) of Rs 2,000 under National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP). 
Referring to Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS) and Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS) introduced in 2009, the forum demanded that all these schemes should be fairly implemented to financially benefit the targeted groups, while awareness should also be created as most of the potential beneficiaries were uninformed. 
The department assured to implement all the schemes, including Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAP), with utmost care to benefit the targeted groups.
Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) schemes, Supplementary Nutritional Programme (SNP) and Poshan Abhiyaan implemented by the department were also discussed at the meeting. The NPRAAF delegation expressed displeasure that food items meant for pregnant women, lactating mothers and severely malnourished children did not have nutritional values approved by the Centre.
Alleging that food items provided to the targeted beneficiaries by SNP suppliers were much below the nutritional norms prescribed by Government of India, the forum members said this could be found out from biscuits manufactured by reputed brands like Britannia, Parle, etc, mentioning protein content not more than 8-9 % on their packets. 
NPRAAF demanded that the department must enlist only firms that could manufacture and supply micronutrient fortified energy tense food (ready-to-eat food) in future. 
Mentioning that it was mandatory for all food items prescribed by the Union women & child development ministry to have protein content 12% and above, the forum demanded that any item that had less than the prescribed norm should be excluded. It also demanded that the department carry out analytical test of protein and calories before accepting items for approval for supply so that the beneficiaries could improve their health after intake of the food items.
When NPRAAF sought details on Poshan Abhiyaan as about Rs 30 crore had been received from Union women & child development ministry, the department officials pointed out that details of the scheme’s implementation could be discussed in due course of time as the department had been recently taken over by a new team of officers.
The department assured the delegation that all flagship schemes would be implemented with total transparency and ensure that the targeted beneficiaries were reached and benefited.
Claiming that they were fully committed to serve the State, the officials assured that no stone would left unturned in providing services to the people.
Thanking the delegation for having concern for people’s welfare and standing against corruption, they assured of seeking positive suggestions and cooperation from them to serve the State better. This was stated in a NPRAAF press release.

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