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Hectic efforts are on to extend NFSA-2013 in Manipur

Heirok, December 17, 2013: Hectic efforts are on to implement the act by Manipur Government from the early part of next year, 2014 said Salam Enaomacha, senior journalist who spoke as resource person today on the first day of the three-day Bharat Nirmal Public Information Campaign being held at Heirok’s Fine Public Ground, Thoubal district.

The move is likely to benefit about 23.87 lakh people out of a total population of about 28 lakh of the state and of this targeted beneficiaries, 16.82 lakh would be from rural populace, he maintained.

Manipur government is considering updating the proposed beneficiaries by including families which did not own four-wheelers and those who did not pay taxes as eligible beneficiary of the scheme.

Families whose annual incomes were less than Rs one lakh, disabled persons and people living with HIV would also get benefits under National Food Security Act (NFSA), Enaomacha added.

The beneficiaries would get five kg of rice per head at Rs 3 per kg every month besides dal, wheat and other commodities at the lowest price.

The selected beneficiaries would be given NFS card, he said adding that the state consumer affairs, food and public distribution department has been directed to complete preparation and finalization the entire necessary database at the earliest.

Asserting that National Food Security Act (NFSA) is one of the most life-changing pieces of legislations-cum-policy initiatives aimed at eradicating hunger and providing nutrition to women and children, he said the state government was trying its best for 100 percent success in the implementation of the Act.

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