By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: Demands have been made to Mr U T Khadar Minister for food to issue government order to pay members of state level food vigilance committee salary and allowances and provide sufficient administrative and technical and support staff and provide Government accommodation and government vehicle as equivalent to that of secretary to the Government of Karnataka as these non-official members need to implement NFSA and listen people grievances and solve them and visit every district and monitor the all government schemes under NFSA. Karnataka government has reportedly nominated five non official persons for state level food vigilance committee and four non-officials from zone levels as per the rules and one from NGO totaling 10 members .But these members are reportedly not remunerated and given perks though budgetary provisions are made for it. They should also get equivalent salaries and allowances as that of MLA or secretary to the Government as they get salary . But their counterparts MLAS are paid in some cases three remunerations. All the 21 members continue to function as chairpersons of boards corporations or heads of legislature panels. But, they can't claim multiple remunerations. Henceforth, they will be allowed to claim salary and allowance from any one of these positions," speaker of the legislative assembly K B Koliwad reportedly had said . While a Karnataka MLA draws an average monthly salary of Rs one lakh, heads of boards and corporations, positions which are equivalent to the rank of cabinet minister, are eligible for a pay of around Rs 1.5 lakh.The heads of legislature committees are also eligible for an allowance of around Rs one lakh. A majority of the 21 legislators had allegedly claimed salaries and allowances from two or three positions, sources said.
Section 29 of the NFSA, 2013 provides for State Governments to set up VCs at the State, District, Block and FPS levels comprising of such persons as may be prescribed by them, giving due representation to the local authorities, SCs, STs, women, destitute or persons with disability in these Committees. Section 29 of Act further prescribes the functions to be performed by the VCs, namely, regular supervision of implementation of all the schemes under NFSA including TPDS, informing the District Grievance Redressal Officer (DGRO) in writing of any violation of the provision of the Act as well as of malpractices or misappropriation of funds found by it. These provisions are expected to further strengthen the institution of VCs and ensure an effective role for them in the distribution system.Coverage and entitlement under Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) : Upto 75% of the rural population and 50% of the urban population will be covered under TPDS, with uniform entitlement of 5 kg per person per month. However, since Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) households constitute poorest of the poor, and are presently entitled to 35 kg per household per month, entitlement of existing AAY households will be protected at 35 kg per household per month..State-wise coverage : Corresponding to the all India coverage of 75% and 50% in the rural and urban areas, State-wise coverage will be determined by the Central Government. Planning Commission has determined the State-wise coverage by using the NSS Household Consumption Survey data for 2011-12. Subsidised prices under TPDS and their revision : Foodgrains under TPDS will be made available at subsidised prices of Rs. 3/2/1 per kg for rice, wheat and coarse grains for a period of three years from the date of commencement of the Act. Thereafter prices will be suitably linked to Minimum Support Price (MSP).In case, any State's allocation under the Act is lower than their current allocation, it will be protected upto the level of average offtake under normal TPDS during last three years, at prices to be determined by the Central Government. Existing prices for APL households i.e. Rs. 6.10 per kg for wheat and Rs 8.30 per kg for rice has been determined as issue prices for the additional allocation to protect the average off take during last three years.