MNF vice president slams Congress over Food Security Act

Aizawl, March 31: MNF vice president and former health minister R. Tlanghmingthanga slammed the ruling Congress in general and Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister John Rotluangliana in particular over the National Food Security Act, 2013 saying they have made the act become almost meaningless by creating a lot of problems in it. He also asked the Supply minister to apologise to the public for being unwilling to take responsibility over the gross erroneous practice seen in the implementation of the NFSA.

Speaking to reporters here today, Tlanghmingthanga said the Government preparation toward implementation of FSA was not worth giving attention as it alongside introduced several problems.

He alleged that the FSA when introduced by the central government was rejected by state chief minister Lal Thanhawla who said it will not be implemented in Mizoram and supply minister John Rotluangliana who branded it as ‘draconian law’. “It was only when the central government directed that the FSA be implemented before 30 September, 2015, Supply minister tabled in the house on July nine, 2015 and the subsequent meeting convened under him agreed to implement the act from November, 2015. However, the government delayed its earlier schedule and finally implement the FSA from March one, 2016,” he said.

Tlanghmingthanga said the FSA faced enormous problems since the beginning of its implementation.
He said that the state government (Congress) proved high handed in the appointment of members of selection committee for the beneficiaries by nominating only its party workers and ignored other party members.

He alleged that DCSO were forced to appoint two prominent citizens and secretary belonging to Congress workers to be the member of selection committee which later faced stiff opposition from other party.

“It was not until the opposition party leaders met the Supply minister that the latter agreed to appoint member other than Congress workers to be included in the selection committee. However, the minister failed to act according to his standpoint as in all other places except villages under West DCSO, members of the selection committee were appointed on the suggestion of Congress leaders,” he said, adding the interference of Congress legislators and leaders created much trouble.

Tlanghmingthanga said that there were gross erroneous ration card when issued recently due to the negligence of the government. There were gross error data entered in ration card especially family relationship and date of birth and Mizoram has the largest population whose dates of birth are similar.

He asked the supply minister to clarify on why the government charges Rs 20 on per card while it has Rs 67.5 lakh for creation of ration card.

Former health minister also alleged that the distribution of food grains for March was short of the monthly quota and asked the government when it will distribute the adequate quota for the said month.
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