Nawanshahr, June 18,2019: Punjab State Food Commission Member A K Sharma (Retd. IRS) has directed the officials to ensure the benefit of National Food Security Act, 2013 to all the eligible beneficiaries at the ground level by adding that no laxity would be tolerated in case of any wrongdoing.
Holding a meeting of various officials during his Nawanshahr visit, Mr. Sharma, a retired IRS officer, said that the purpose of National Food Security Act 2013 is to provide food grains at the subsidized rate to every poor and needy person,who meets the criteria listed in the Act. He said that at the same time, we have to take appropriate action against the persons who despite being ineligible have taken the advantage fraudulently.
Member of Punjab State Food Commission, Mr. Sharma further added that its our prime duty to maintain the food and nutritional value of the grains, supplied under subsidized grains. Similarly the nutritional value of the food that was given under Anganwaris to the younger children, lactating mothers and would be mothers, also be maintained. Special attention would also be given to the grains/cereal/pulses that were cooked under Mid-day-Meal so that students of the government school would be given quality food, he added. He said that by visiting the five districts including Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district, feedback would be collected on the ground level regarding effectively implementation of the food security act.
He said that under the Punjab Food Security Rules, 2016, the grievance redressal system has also been introduced at both internal and external level to prevent any kind of dereliction in the National Food Security Act-2013. Under this process, the complaint can be lodged at the Block level with AFSO and at District level with DFSO.
Similalrly, all Additional Deputy Commissioners (Development) of Punjab have also been designated as District Grievance Redressal Officer under the external grievance system. If any complainant/beneficiary is not satisfied with the internal complaint system, he can approach to the DGRO (ADC). State Commissione can also be approcahed to file an appeal against the decision of DGRO besides adressing complaints directly to the commission too. He said that the office of the Commission is in Sector 26 in the complex of Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, Chandigarh.
Mr. Sharma asked the officers to make aware the beneficiaries of the internal and external grievance redressal mechanism by propagating their mail ids and telephone numbers, so that more transparency and accountability could be maintained in PDS.
State Food Commission Member also visited the slum area in Rahon town to check the availability of benefits to the lowest strata of the society under National Food Security Act.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Sarabjit Singh Walia, DFSC Rajneesh Kaur, District Education Officer (Elementary) Komal Chopra, District Program Officer Manjeet Kaur, Deputy District Education Officer (Secondary) Chhotu Ram submitted the details of the beneficiaries covered under National food Security Act, Mid-day Meal and Anganwaries.