Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Wednesday said the National Food Safety Act, 2013, will be implemented in the state from February 1 next year and its benefits would be based on 2011 Census.
“The National Food Safety Act (NFSA) will provide rations at highly subsidised rates to poor, marginalised and deprived sections of the society,” Sayeed said at a press conference here.
“Atta (wheat flour) will be provided to the poor at Rs.2 per kg and rice at Rs. 3 per kg. A major chunk of underprivileged population of 74.13 lakh people will benefit from the implementation of this act.”
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Sayeed said 45 lakh more people will get atta at Rs.8 per kg and rice at Rs.10 kg per kg. “Thus, a total of 95 percent of the state’s population will be covered under the act.”
While the previous state government had agreed to extend the act to Jammu and Kashmir, it was not implemented and the population basis for the NFSA had been fixed on the Census figures of 2001, thus ignoring the population growth in the state over one decade.