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Odisha is the first state to constitute State Food Commission

 

Bhubaneswar : Chairperson of Odisha State Food Commission Sri P.K. Merkap
today regarding various provisions of National Food Security Act, 2013 and Odisha State
Food Security Rules, 2020 under Targeted Public Distribution System (TDPS), which are of
paramount importance to all the beneficiaries of our State.
Sri Merkap said that Odisha was the first state to constitute State Food Commission
after the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 came into force on the 5
published in official Gazette of India on 10
(NFSA) provides for food and nutritional security in human life cycle approach, by ensuring
access to adequate quantity of nutritious food at affordable prices to people to live a life with
dignity and for matters connected therewith or inciden
section 16 of this Act, every State Government shall, by notification, constitute a State Food
Commission for the purpose of monitoring, review and implementation of this Act. In view
of the above provisions, Govern
commission and accordingly the Department of Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare issued
Notification No. 5725 on 15th March, 2016 and Odisha State Food Commission was
constituted.
The Odisha State Food Commission is given a mandate to monitor and evaluate the
implementation of three major schemes under National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 in
the State. These three Schemes are: a)
Ration cardholders– 92,55 lakh (approx.) and beneficiaries
Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and Supplementary Nutrition Programme
(SNP): Total AWCs (approx.)
Mid-Day-Meal (MDM): Total Government and Government aided Schools
(approx.) (1 to 8) and Children
75% in rural population and 50% of the urban population to receive subsidized food grains
under Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), thereby covering about two
population of the State.
Odisha State Food Commission was created a)
implementation of the NFSA, 2013 in the State; hear appeals against orders of the District
Grievance Redressal Officer (DGRO) and prepare annual reports. b) To give advice and
suggestions to govt. agencies, autonomous bodies as we
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the first state to constitute State Food Commission
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Chairperson of Odisha State Food Commission Sri P.K. Merkap spoke to the press
today regarding various provisions of National Food Security Act, 2013 and Odisha State
Food Security Rules, 2020 under Targeted Public Distribution System (TDPS), which are of
paramount importance to all the beneficiaries of our State.
Sri Merkap said that Odisha was the first state to constitute State Food Commission
after the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 came into force on the 5
published in official Gazette of India on 10th September, 2013). National Food S
(NFSA) provides for food and nutritional security in human life cycle approach, by ensuring
access to adequate quantity of nutritious food at affordable prices to people to live a life with
dignity and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. As per the provisions under
section 16 of this Act, every State Government shall, by notification, constitute a State Food
Commission for the purpose of monitoring, review and implementation of this Act. In view
Government of Odisha decided to constitute an exclusive
commission and accordingly the Department of Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare issued
Notification No. 5725 on 15th March, 2016 and Odisha State Food Commission was

The Odisha State Food Commission is given a mandate to monitor and evaluate the
implementation of three major schemes under National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 in
the State. These three Schemes are: a) Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS):
92,55 lakh (approx.) and beneficiaries-3,23 crore (approx.), b)
Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and Supplementary Nutrition Programme
Total AWCs (approx.)-72,000 (approx.) and beneficiaries-41.23 lakh (approx.) c)

Total Government and Government aided Schools

(approx.) (1 to 8) and Children-45,00,000 (approx.). This Act provides for coverage up to
75% in rural population and 50% of the urban population to receive subsidized food grains
der Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), thereby covering about two
Odisha State Food Commission was created a) To monitor and evaluate the
implementation of the NFSA, 2013 in the State; hear appeals against orders of the District
Grievance Redressal Officer (DGRO) and prepare annual reports. b) To give advice and
suggestions to govt. agencies, autonomous bodies as well as non-governmental organizations
the first state to constitute State Food Commission

spoke to the press
today regarding various provisions of National Food Security Act, 2013 and Odisha State
Food Security Rules, 2020 under Targeted Public Distribution System (TDPS), which are of
Sri Merkap said that Odisha was the first state to constitute State Food Commission
after the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 came into force on the 5th July, 2013 (
September, 2013). National Food Security Act
(NFSA) provides for food and nutritional security in human life cycle approach, by ensuring
access to adequate quantity of nutritious food at affordable prices to people to live a life with
tal thereto. As per the provisions under
section 16 of this Act, every State Government shall, by notification, constitute a State Food
Commission for the purpose of monitoring, review and implementation of this Act. In view
ment of Odisha decided to constitute an exclusive
commission and accordingly the Department of Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare issued
Notification No. 5725 on 15th March, 2016 and Odisha State Food Commission was

The Odisha State Food Commission is given a mandate to monitor and evaluate the
implementation of three major schemes under National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 in
Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS): Total
3,23 crore (approx.), b)
Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and Supplementary Nutrition Programme
41.23 lakh (approx.) c)
Total Government and Government aided Schools – 55,000
Act provides for coverage up to
75% in rural population and 50% of the urban population to receive subsidized food grains
der Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), thereby covering about two-thirds of the
monitor and evaluate the
implementation of the NFSA, 2013 in the State; hear appeals against orders of the District
Grievance Redressal Officer (DGRO) and prepare annual reports. b) To give advice and
governmental organizations

(NGOs) involved in delivery of relevant services, for the effective implementation of food
and nutrition related schemes. c) To provide appropriate suggestions to the State Government

for effective implementation of the NFSA, 2013.4.Inspect or cause to be inspected, the non-
compliance of policy decisions of the Government relating to NFSA, 2013.d) Motivation and

awareness at all levels about the benefits and entitlement under this Act. e) To take care of
grievance redressal mechanism in 3 major implementing Departments that is FS & CW, W &
CD and S & ME. f) The Commission either suo-moto or on receipt of complaint may inquire
into violation of entitlement. g)As various schemes under this Act is being implemented by
respective administrative departments it is essential to have a convergence on important
issues to optimize their efforts and effectiveness.
Salient features of NFSA, 2013 are a) Eldest woman of the household of age 18 years or
above is the head of the household to receive ration cards. b) Provisions for disclosure of
records, social audits and Vigilance Committees to ensure transparency and accountability.
c) Provision for food security allowance to entitled beneficiaries in case of non-supply of
entitled food-grains or rations. c) Provision for penalty to be imposed by the Commission, in
case of failure to comply with the relief recommended by the District Grievance Redressal
Officer. d) Digitization under TPDS: Computerization of beneficiary database and supply
chain management. e) Seeding of Aadhaar and Bank Account in ration card database.
Salient provisions of Odisha State Food Security Rules, 2020 under Targeted Public
Distribution System (TPDS) are : a) Exhaustive guidelines for beneficiary identification
(Under Rule-3). b) Time bound verification of the application by the authority on the receipt
of application under OPDS (Control) Order, 2016 and incase of rejection of the application;
the applicant is informed in writing the reason and ground of rejections (Under Rule-3(7) &
Rule-4(4). c) Any person or Organisation, who has reasonable cause, may file a complaint to
the notified authority for inclusion or exclusion of the person or household as the case
may be in the list of beneficiaries. (People’s participation in beneficiary identification;
ensuring transparency (Under Rule-3(9)(b). d)Availability of beneficiary data in the public
domain and regular updation of beneficiary data base; providing dynamism. It is important to
note that the list of names of eligible households shall be displayed at the Gram Panchayat
Office and Fair Price Shops prominently. The Government shall also display the list of
eligible households on its official websites and the official websites of the Central
Government. As and when an application for ration card is rejected, the applicant shall be
informed in writing specifying the reason(s) or ground(s) of such rejection (Under Rule-4).
e)The Government may designate Nodal Officers at Block/ Municipality and Municipal
Corporation level for the purpose of internal grievance redressal mechanism. The Civil
Supply Officer of the District shall be designated as District Nodal Officer with respect to
Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) schemes and Inspector of Supplies or

Marketing Inspector or Asst. Civil Supply Officer as the case may be shall be Block level
Nodal Officer (Under Rule-6 & 7).
Responsibility of Nodal Officer have been clearly described (Under Rule-6) of OSFS
(TPDS) Rules, 2020.

Role and responsibility of District Grievance Redressal Officer (DGRO) (Under Rule-
8 & 9) are Complete recording of grievances with unique serial number assigned to each

grievance at office (DGRO) with acknowledgement receipt to the complaint. It is important
to note that the Government shall, by notification, appoint or designate any officer as the
District Grievance Redressal Officer to hear all grievances relating to schemes, such as,
Targeted Public Distribution System, Integrated Child Development Scheme, Mid-Day Meal
and Maternity Benefit Programme (Under Rule-8), Give wide publicity through newspaper
and other means about the District Grievance Redressal Officers including name, address,
telephone number, email address, Fax number and other means of contacting him, in respect
of each area for which the District Grievance Redressal Officer has been appointed and
thereafter repeat it at regular intervals (Under Rule-8 (4)(a), Display, at each office of Food
Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department, fair price shops, other public places, official
website and at the office of the District Grievance. Redressal Officer and the State Food
Commission; the name of the District Grievance Redressal Officers, their addresses and
telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, Fax numbers and other means of contacting them, in
respect of each district for which the office of the District Grievance Redressal Officer has
been set up (Under Rule-8(4)(b), Multiple levels of grievance redressal mechanism (Nodal
Officer, DGRO, State Food Commission), Timely disposal of the complaint at the level of
DGRO and provision to appeal against the orders of DGRO, if not satisfied with the order of
DGRO to appeal at State Food Commission (Under Rule-13 & 14), Provision to conduct
Social Audit to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the system (Under Rule-17), Setting
of Vigilance Committee at different levels to ensure transparency and proper functioning of
the TPDS and accountability of the functionaries in the system (Under Rule-19) and
Provision of imposition of penalty on public servant or authority (Under Rule-21(6).
Sri Merkap said that efforts have been initiated at various levels by the Commission
to make wide scale publication of this rules which are available in official websites of Food
Commission and in all District offices. In regular monthly meetings with District officials,
advice is being given to strictly comply the provision of the rules for the benefits of the
people.
Sri Merkap answered the queries of the press and assured to act upon their valuable
suggestions.

Among others, Sri D.N.Padhi, member and Sri Sibani Mohanty, member Secretary of
the Commission were present.

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