Goakhabar:A meeting of North Goa District Level Vigilance Committee on National Food Security Act 2013 and Goa Food Security (Grievance Redressal Mechanism, Transparency and Accountability) Rules, 2017 was held today at the North Goa Collectorate, Panaji to ensure smooth and fair execution of National Food Security Act 2013 in a state. The meeting chaired by North Goa Collector Smt. Nila Mohanan, IAS discussed various issues related to smooth functioning of the committee. This was the first meeting held of newly constituted committee.

Director of Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Shri. Mahesh Corjuenkar briefed the gathering regarding aim and objective of National Food Security Act 2013 wherein measures are taken by Government to ensure proper distribution of food grains to beneficiaries. This Act primarily aims to give affordable food, enabling people to live dignified life. Ration cards under National Food Security is issued to people in 15 categories like beggars, Destitute, Transgender, HIV patients etc.

Meeting discussed upon extension of coverage of National Food Security in the state wherein members of the committee dealt with issues like implementation of provisions as well as awareness and enforcement mechanism of NFSA. The meeting also discussed cases of complaints regarding denial of food grains, malpractices at fair price shops, issues relating to ration cards. Distribution of food grains to destitute.

Asst. Director Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and other officials of various Departments were present for the meeting.