IMPHAL, Feb 3 - Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh on Wednesday said that the State is planning to implement the National Food Security Act (NFSA) from April this year.
Ibobi, however, said that the State Government is yet to get necessary support from the Central Government in transportation, etc.
Under NFSA, which came into force on July 5, 2013, each eligible person will get five kg of food grain a month – rice at Rs 3 per kg, wheat at Rs 2 per kg and coarse cereals at Rs 1 per kg. The scheme also allows up to 75 per cent of the rural population and up to 50 per cent of the urban population to get food grain at subsidised prices.
However, the proposed implementation of the scheme had been postponed several times in the State. One of the reasons for the delay in the implementation is the issue of 70 to 75 per cent transport subsidy to be borne by the State and Central Governments.
Ibobi was addressing a day-long political conference on implementation of MGNREGS for one decade at Congress Bhavan here on Wednesday.
Mention may be made that the Left Government in Tripura had introduced the NFSA from September 1 last year while neighbouring Assam implemented the scheme from December last year.
Stating that the then UPA Government at Centre sponsored schemes such as National Rural Health Mission, Right To Education and NFSA has helped States like Manipur in a big way, Ibobi also recalled the benefits provided by the MGNREGS.
Besides, the present government at Centre has also withdrawn the industries policy which had encouraged investors to establish units in the Northeastern States. “The Central Government is actually not doing much for the region even though they make big promises”, he alleged.
Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam highlighted the achievements made by the then UPA Government at Centre by launching various farmer-oriented schemes in the country.
They appealed to Congress workers to strengthen the party for the upcoming State Assembly polls in 2017. Lok Sabha MP Thangso Baite, Cabinet Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, representatives of panchayat and zilla parishads and party workers attended the conference.