MMSFES Approved; Consumers to Get Additional 5 kg Ration Per Soul

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

The State Cabinet which met in Jammu on Monday under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti gave the go-ahead to the Consumer & Public Distribution (CA&PD) department to implement ‘Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Food Entitlement Scheme (MMSFES)’ in Jammu and Kashmir from 1 July 2016.

The scheme shall supplement the Right to Food Security for 5 Kg food grains per soul per month guaranteed by the TDPS system under NFSA-2013 and provide additional entitlement of multiples of 5 Kg food-grains per soul for the TDPS population in various categories namely BPL, Priority Household (PHH) and NPHH with family size of 1 to 6. The quantum of additional food grains would be 5Kg per soul subject to a maximum ceiling of 35Kg per family, an official spokesperson said this evening.

In this regard, the Finance Department has been asked to provide a Trading Account of Rs 1497.57 crore (Rs 517.68 cr for NFSA and Rs 978.89 crore for ‘Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Food Entitlement Scheme’) for cost of food grains and allied expenditure on account of carriage, commission and handling charges.

The Cabinet decided to provide preparatory time to the CA&PD department for obtaining statutory clearances and assurances from the Union Government and the Food Corporation of India (FCI) so that the scheme is effectively implemented in Jammu and Kashmir.

It also asked CA&PD department to work out and make the necessary logistic arrangements for transportation, handling and distribution of food grains including Atta under the ‘Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Food Entitlement Scheme’.

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