IMPHAL, February 3: Any misconduct while selecting the beneficiaries of the National Food Security scheme will attract penalty, said state deputy chief minister Gaikhangam today.
Addressing a discussion on the National Food Security Act for Tamenglong, deputy chief minister Gaikhangam said that there is an important clause in the Act, which enforces a penalty for any misconduct in the selection of beneficiaries.
The discussion was held at the Classic Hotel.
He said the scheme has been implemented as the Indian government believes in provision of food for the hungry people.
The scheme aims at ‘no death due to hunger in the country’, he continued.
Further elaborating on the Act, the deputy chief minister observed that failure to successfully implement the act would be disastrous as any developmental work will collapse if the people remain hungry.
Elaborating on the criteria for the scheme, he said that anyone with even a four wheeler is not entitled to the provisions of the scheme.
Anyone who had wrongly entered their name in the beneficiary list should be corrected or rectified within 24 hours or else the family could face punishment, he said.
Gaikhangam further opined on the need for the people to fully understand the scheme for its successful implementation.
Successful implementation of the act in both the hills and the valley could result in improvement of lifestyle in the state, he observed.
For the successful implementation of the act in the district, the MLAs, ministers, officials, ADCs, etc have to take the initiative, he observed.
The discussion for the district is being conducted to help Tamenglong become one of the best districts of the state, he said.
DC Tamenglong C Arthur W said the district administration is trying to finalise the list of eligibility in the district.
He said unlike in other states, there is 87 percent coverage of the total population of the state under the scheme and as such tamenglong has the same coverage.
Elaborating further he said selection of beneficiaries in only one village- Kamai Village remains.
The district administration will wait for 10 days for the village to work on it, and hopefully by February 28, the list of beneficiaries for the district will be complete, he observed.
According to the official record Tamenglong district has 2286 villages covered all together with 2719 AAY families of which the number of beneficiaries selected are 19842.