SHILLONG, June 08: A State Level Awareness Programme on National Food Security Act, 2013 was organised by the Meghalaya State Food Commission in coordination with the Deputy Commissioner (Supply), West Garo Hills,Tura for the entire Districts of Garo Hills on Thursday at District Auditorium, Tura. Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Meghalaya, in-charge Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Prof. R C Laloo graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
Speaking as the Chief Guest of this awareness programme, Deputy Chief Minsiter, Professor RC Laloo spoke about the initiatives of the government to ensure food security in the state through the implementing of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and functioning of the State Food Commission to provide food and nutritional security by accessing to adequate quantity and quality of food at affordable prices.
“The delivery system mechanism in the State has been put in place by digitization of beneficiaries data and computerized system of supply chain management has been taken up in the implementation of the Public Distribution System (PDS),” he added.
Moreover, he informed that the District and Sub Divisional Grievances Redressal Officers has also been set up in all the Districts and Sub Divisional Headquarters and toll free number 1967 have been put in place for any complaint. Further, he also expressed his hope that NFSA is implemented successfully in the state of Meghalaya and justice is delivered to all the citizens of the state.
Chairman, State Food Commission and Retired bureaucrat, B K Dev Verma dwelt at length on the background and objectives of the NFSA 2013 which ensures availability of sufficient food grains to meet the demand as well as access to adequate quantity of nutritional food at affordable prices. He also informed the people about various provisions of the Act including access to safe drinking water and sanitation, health care, nutritional health and educational support to children and women, penalties if found guilty or failing to comply with the implementation of the act besides others.