Jammu | Hitting out at the previous PDP-BJP coalition government for taking the decision of implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) in haste, Congress said implementation of the scheme ‘in its present form’ would further alienate the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The implementation of NFSA in present form would further alienate the people, which will be a matter of great concern. The people have undergone sufferings during two and half decades of turmoil in the state, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) Senior Vice President Sham Lal Sharma told.
The former minister said the implementation of the National Food Security Act should not deprive any individual or bonafide family of the existing quota of ration being availed by them. Sharma said the NFSA was a landmark legislation of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, but the then Congress-NC coalition government in the state did not go ahead for its immediate implementation without sorting out the shortfall as there was a genuine apprehension that a large section of people would be deprived of the existing scale of ration in the state.
The then government had taken up the issue with the Centre to sort out the shortfalls and shortcomings so that the people did not suffer on this count, he said. He regretted that the PDP-BJP government totally failed to sort out the shortfalls and was making false claims whereas it failed to provide sugar and ration to the people even as per the existing scales since it came to power. Sharma also said Jammu and Kashmir has the largest percentage of BPL families as compared to other states and it is a food deficit state.
PDP-BJP government took the decision to implement NFSA without going into the depth and did not focus much on the preliminary work to be done for its successful implementation, moreover celebrated it with big banner and pomp and show, just to add one more achievement in their report card, he said.
The same BJP-PDP minsters, including former deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh, are today seen regretting their decision of implementing NFSA in haste, he claimed. Sharma called for revisiting NFSA. The Centre should also ensure that there is no reduction in the existing quota while implementing the Act, he added.
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