FAQs on National Food Security Act, 2013


1)      When the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) has come into force in the State of J&K?

As per Cabinet decision No. 166/13/2015 dated:02-12-2015, the National Food Security Act, 2013 has been implemented in the whole of the J&K State with effect from 01-02-2016 vide Government Order No.01-CAPD of 2016 dated:04-01-2016 with the objective to provide food and nutritional security by ensuring access to adequate quantity of quality food at affordable prices.

2)         What are the entitlements for foodgrains under NFSA?

Every person belonging to identified eligible households is entitled to receive 5 Kg of foodgrains per person per month at subsidized prices under TPDS. The existing Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) households, which constitute the poorest of the poor, will continue to receive 35 Kg of food grains per household per month.

3)         What are the prices at which foodgrains will be provided to the entitled beneficiaries?

Foodgrains under TPDS under the Act will be made available at subsidized prices of Rs. 3/ - and Rs. 2/ - per Kg for rice and wheat respectively under priority category.

4)         How does NFSA empower women?

Under NFSA Act, 2013 the eldest women who is not less than 18 years of age in every eligible household shall be head of the household for the purpose of issue of ration card.

5)         Whether the entire population of the State is covered under the Act to receive the subsidized foodgrains?

Under this Act 63.55% of the rural population comprising of 58.05 lakh souls and 47.10% of the urban population comprising of 16.08 lakh souls totaling to 74.13 lakhs souls will be covered in Jammu and Kashmir State under priority category and 45 lac souls under non priority category. Over all 119.13 lac souls will be covered under the NFSA out of 125 lacs Census population of 2011.

6)           What is the basis for determining State-wise coverage under TPDS under the NFSA and what are the State-wise percentage coverage?

Planning Commission has determined the State-wise coverage by using the NSSO Household Consumption Survey data for 2011-12. The State-wise percentage coverage of population under TPDS under NFSA in respect of J&K is 63.55% rural population and 47.10% urban population.

7)         How and by whom the eligible households for coverage under TPDS will be identified?

Within the coverage under TPDS determined for each State, the work of identification of eligible households is to be done by State. The State Government has issued a Government Order for identification of priority households under NFSA and the criteria notified is as under:

  1. Present AAY and BPL lists.
  2. Households having meager monthly income (certificate from competent authority)
  3. Houseless and Landless
  4. Widows, orphans, destitues; militancy and violence affected families in low income group, leprosy patients and domestic house maids
  5. Weaker sections, nomadic families
  6. Old age pension holders, specially abled/physically handicapped
  7. Inhabitants having Kuchha houses
  8. Displaced families (Natural Calamity)
  9. Labourers and workers
  10. Slum Dwellers
  11. Any other deserving families identified by competent authority not included above.

8) What are the other entitlements for food security in NFSA?

In addition to entitlement for subsidized foodgrains under TPDS, the Act provides for nutritional support to pregnant women and lactating mothers and children. Pregnant women and lactating mothers and children in the age group of 6 months to 14 years will be entitled to meals as per prescribed nutritional norms, under Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and Mid-Day Meal (MDM) schemes. Higher nutritional norms have been prescribed for malnourished children upto 6 years of age.

Pregnant women and lactating mothers will also be entitled to receive maternity benefit of not less than Rs. 6,000.

The entitlements for pregnant  women and lactating mothers and children upto the age of 6 years, provided in the Act, will be implemented by the Ministry of Women and Child Development . The entitlements for children in the age group of 6 years to 14 years will be implemented by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (Department of School Education and Literacy).

9)         What will happen in case the entitled foodgains or meals are not provided to the beneficiary?

            In case of non-supply of the entitled quantities of foodgrains or  meals to entitled persons, such persons shall be entitled to receive                 food    security allowance from the State Government.      

10)      What is the mechanism for addressing the grievances in the Act?                   

           The Act provides for putting in place an internal grievance redressal mechanism which includes call centres, help lines, designation of nodal officers, or such other mechanism as may be prescribed. It is further provided that the State Government shall appoint or designate, for each     district, an officer to be the District Grievance Redressal Officer (DGRO) for expeditious and effective redressal of   grievances of the aggrieved persons in matters relating to distribution of entitled foodgrains or meals and to enforce the entitlement under the Act.         

          There is also a provision that every State Government shall constitute a State Food Commission           for the purpose of monitoring and review of implementation of the Act.         

11)    Who are the District Grievance Redressal Officers in the State?

          The following officers are the District Grievance Redressal Officers in the State:-

S.No

District

District Grievances Redressal Officers

Office Telephone No.

Fax No.

Mail ID

1.

Jammu

Deputy Commissioner, Jammu

0191-544366

0191-2546223

dcofficejammu@gmail.com

2.

Samba

Deputy Commissioner, Samba

01923-241143

01923-241141

samba@nic.in

3.

Kathua

Deputy Commissioner, Kathua

01922-234007

01922-237667

kathua@nic.in

4.

Udhampur

Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur

01992-270212

01992-271845

udhampur@nic.in

5.

Reasi

Deputy Commissioner, Reasi

01991-245587

01991-245586

dcreasi@gmail.com

6.

Ramban

Deputy Commissioner, Ramban

01998-266789

01998-266906

dcofficeramban@gmail.com

7.

Doda

Deputy Commissioner, Doda

01996-233230

01996-233231

deputycommissionerdoda@gmail.com

8.

Kishtwar

Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar

01995-261455

01995-261466

jkkis@nic.com

9.

Rajouri

Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri

01962-262244

01962-262481

pa.dcrajouri@gmail.com

10.

Poonch

Deputy Commissioner, Poonch

01965-220333

01965-222363

dcpoonch@gmail.com

11.

Srinagar

Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar

01942452182

Dcsgr-jk@nic.in

12.

Anantnag

Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag

01932222337

anatg@nic.in

13.

Budgam

Deputy Commissioner,Budgam

01951255203

dcbudgam@gmail.com

14.

Baramulla

Baramulla

01952234210

Baramulla.nic.inpa.dcbla@gmail.com

15.

Kupwara

Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara

01955252343

Kupwar.nic.in

16.

Ganderba

Deputy Commissioner, Ganderbal

01942416142

dc-ganderbal@nic.in

17.

Bandipora

Deputy Commissioner, Bandipora

01957226085

bandipora@nic.in

18.

Kulgam

Deputy Commissioner, Kulgam

01931260500

dckulgam@yahoo.injkkul@nic.in

19.

Shopian

Deputy Commissioner, Shopian

01933260987

shopian@nic.in

20.

Pulwama

Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama

01933241243

Dcpul-jk@nic.pul

21.

Leh

Deputy Commissioner, Leh

01982252010

dcleh-jk@nic.in

22.

Kargil

Deputy Commissioner, Kargil

01985232216

Dckgl-jk@nic.in


12)     Where can appeal against an order of DGRO be filed?

           Any complainant or the officer or authority against whom any order has been passed by a DGRO, who is not satisfied with the redressal of grievance, may file an appeal against such order before the State Food Commission.    

13)      Whether there is any provision for levying a penalty for not complying with the provisions of the Act?                               

           The Act provides that any public servant or authority found guilty, by the State Commission                  at the time of deciding any complaint or appeal, of failing t provide the relief recommended   by the District Grievance Redressal Officer, without reasonable cause, or willfully ignoring such recommendation, shall be liable to penalty not exceeding five thousand rupees.        

14)     What is the transparency portal for TPDS?

           All States/UTs have been asked to develop a single transparency portal which should have all              TPDS related data and information available for public view without restriction on access and the same should be widely publicized. The transparency portal would host information in public domain, such as lists of beneficiaries, FPSs, Storage godowns / depots, F&CS officers /officers, monthly allocation, actual off-take, etc. The content on the portal must be in the local language of the State/UT as well as in English wherever possible. Information about availability of foodgrains will also be disseminated through SMS/ email to the registered beneficiaries and other registered individuals in the local community.              

15)    What are the aims and objectives of the scheme ‘End-to-end Computerization of TPDS Operations’ in the country?                   

            Computerization of TPDS operations has been taken up with the aim to improve the efficiency of the current system and to address various challenges such as leakages and diversion of foodgrains, fake and bogus ration cards, lack of transparency and weak grievance redressal mechanisms.                                           

16)      Does NFSA increase the number of beneficiaries to get ration at Rs. 2/-& Rs. 3/-?

           As per the previous TPDS system, only AAY families comprising of 13.77 lakh souls were getting ration on Rs. 2/ - and Rs. 3/ - where as under NFSA, 74.13 lac beneficiaries would be getting ration at these rates.                      

17)     Does NFSA increase the beneficiaries in comparison to existing TPDS system?

             Under TPDS, J&K State was getting ration on the basis of projected population of the year    2000, i.e. for  99.45 lac souls consisting of 18.02 lakh families. However, State was distributing ration at a scale of 35 kg per month per family as per Census 2001, to 19.72 lakh families.                                         

              Under the NFSA, total population covered and provided subsidized ration is 119.13 lac souls under priority and non-priority category.                                               

18)     What is the cost of ration tickets for 3 years?

            The cost of ration tickets under NFSA for 3 years is as under:
                 Priority AAY                                        Rs.30/-
                 Priority Households (PHH)                 Rs.75/-
                 Non-priority Households (NPHH)       Rs.100/-
                 Exclusion                                            Rs.100/-

19)       If I do not want ration can I get a ration card as identity documents?

          Under NFSA, the population which doesn’t fall under any of the category are included in the exclusion category and they shall be provided Ration Cards not for ration purpose but for other purposes.              

20)   Who are excluded in the State out of purview of NFSA?

         The State Government have issued Government Order regarding exclusion of the population out of the purview of NFSA. The criteria notified for exclusion is as under:-            

  1. Businessmen having business turnover of Rs. 25.00 Lacs per year;
  2. Income Tax payees of the slab @ 30% or highest tax slab;
  3. Persons having land holding above 80 kanals in case of individuals and 250 kanals in case of joint family (based on self declaration);
  4. All Gazetted Officer or equivalent rank in corporations, Boards, PSUs etc.;
  5. All persons holding constitutional authority/ positions;

21)       What can I do to complaint for bogus ration card?

The complainant can approach the District Grievances Redressal Officer (DGRO) and lodge complaint about the bogus ration cards and any other issues related to distribution of subsidized ration.

22)      Where can I locate my ration card?

The entire digitized beneficiary data has been uploaded on the nation portal and can be viewed by anyone on http://www.pdsportal.nic.in

23)      Can I see the allocation of my District/Tehsil under NFSA?

The online allocation is available on the CA&PD Department website www.jkcapd.nic.in, www.dircapdjmu.nic.in and www.capdkashmir.nic.in


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