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National food security act to take effect in state

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The state food and supplies department will take strong action against ration dealers in case they violate the National Food Security Act, Jyotipriya Mallick, the state minister for food and supplies said on Wednesday.

Mallick said that if any ration dealer shorts any beneficiary of the quantity of PDS foodgrain he or she is entitled to, the dealer would be penalised.“Such dealers may face fine and jail,” he said.

The National Food Security Act is being implemented from Wednesday in the state.

Mallick said the Act will be completely implemented in all districts by 30 September. A series of meetings will be held in each district to inform the district level officials regarding the Act and essential steps for implementing it.

The first meeting was held in Hooghly two days ago, in which senior officials from the state food and supplies department and district level officials participated. “It was the first meeting in South Bengal where we have discussed how to ensure proper implementation of the National Food Security Act and expedite the procedure of distributing the digital ration cards,” said a senior official of the state food and supplies department. Economically backward people will get 35 kilogram of foodgrain (rice,wheat and flour) each month through the public distribution service. Rice will be given at Rs 3 per kilogram and wheat will be given at Rs.2 per kilogram.

The official said that beneficiaries under this Act can lodge complaints with the district grievance cell if they are cheated by ration dealers. The activities of the ration dealers will be monitored. All complaints regarding malpractices will be inquired into by senior officials of the food and supplies department. Mallick claimed the Centre is slashing the kerosene oil quota for the state every month. He said the state government is trying to provide kerosene oil to people through the PDS despite all difficulties.