James:Beneficiaries deprived of NFSA can make claims and objection

SHILLONG, Mar 20: Meghalaya Food and Civil Supplies Minister, James K Sangma today told the Meghalaya Assembly that citizens who feel that they have been deprived of their benefits under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) can seek redressal of their grievances through claims and objections.

The Food and Civil Supplies Minister said that the beneficiaries are included in the list of NFSA under certain inclusion and exclusion parameters.

When asked by Congress legislator from Mawlai whether those who have not been included can still have their names registered in the list, Sangma said, “Claims and objections of certain beneficiaries are allowed under NFSA. These names are even considered and sent to the government of India,” Sangma said during the Question Hour.

“We will conduct claims and objections to include those left out,” he added.

The Food and Civil Supplies Minister also informed that identification of beneficiaries was as per the Socio-Economic and Caste Census of 2011.

Sangma informed the House that a total of 21, 49, 027 person have been covered under NFSA in the state.

Giving the break-up he stated that in the urban areas 50.78 percent (3, 03, 485) of the population has been covered under NFSA while in the rural areas the coverage was 77.79 percent (18, 45, 542).

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