IMPHAL, July 21: Post the UPA government declaring food security for the Nation’s populace through the “National Food Security Act, 2013”, congress party of the State has started informing the public about the provisions of the Act to the block level.
The Act was discussed in detail at a meeting held by the Thangmeiband Block Congress Committee held at the residence of Manipur Pradesh Youth Congress, secretary Jyotin Waikhom,Thangmeiband Hijam Leikai today.
Speaking at the function, Jyotin mentioned that the Congress party has been working for the development of the Nation and its effects has been felt in the State. “The SPF government has provided more security and upgraded the living conditions of the public through various schemes, the law and order problems have also come down rapidly,” he added that providing food security is now the objective of the government.
He stated that more than 75 percent of the rural population and 50 percent from urban areas of the State will be benefitted from the implementations of the Act. The entitlement to the public from the Act ensures 5 kg food grain per person for a month, rice at Rs 3 per kg, Rs 2 for wheat and 1Rs for millet and coarse grain. The AAY beneficiaries will get 35 kg of rice in a month at the mentioned rate.
It includes free meals for pregnant women and for six months after childbirth, maternity benefits upto Rs 6000 in instalments. Children upto the age of 6 years should be given a free meal and one free meal for children upto 14 years through the local Anganwadi centres.
Jyotin asserted that the Congress party is dedicated to uplift the status of the public in a holistic manner while adding that many political parties do not share similar sentiments. He critically evaluated the works taken up by present Thangmeiband MLA and added that he has not lived up to the expectations of the public nor has he accomplished the promises made. “Potable water was promised to the public within 3 months and repairing of roads within the constituency, we can all see what has happened and what has not,” he added that this is also due to the public giving their votes to another political party and not to the Congress. He concluded on the note that the initiative to inform the public about the Act to the block level was taken up by the Chief Minister, O Ibobi.
During the meeting, block extension from 35 polling stations was brought upto 41 and executive members for each polling station were announced.
The meeting was attended by Jyotin Waikhom as the chief guest, Councilor of ward number 1, S Binarani as the guest of honour and President of TBCC, Thangjam Ibotombi Singh presided the function.