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by System Administrator - Friday, 15 September 2017, 11:58 PM

By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: Karnataka government has reportedly nominated five persons for state level food vigilance committee .The State Government with an aim to monitor the distribution of the essential commodities that are being distributed through the Public Distribution System (PDS) and thereby to ensure the participation of the Public in monitoring of PDS, has constituted vigilance committees . State level has been constituted by nominating five members which will under the chairmanship of Hon' ble Minister for Food, Civil supplies and Consumer Protection.

The National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) has been notified on 10.9.2013.National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) provides for food and nutritional security in human life cycle approach, by ensuring access to adequate quantity of quality food at affordable prices to people to live a life with dignity and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. The Act is being implemented in all the States/Union Territories (UTs) and covers 81.35 crore persons, constituting two - third of the population, who get foodgrains at highly subsidized rates. This coverage has been delinked from poverty estimates. The coverage, entitlements of foodgrains, etc. under the NFSA, 2013 have undergone change as compared to those under the existing TPDS referred above.NFSA, 2013 inter alia provides for coverage of upto 75% of the rural population and upto 50% of the urban population at the all India level under TPDS.Under the NFSA, 2013, the priority households are entitled to receive foodgrains @ 5 kg per person per month at the issue prices of Rs. 3.00, Rs.2.00 and Rs. 1.00 kg for rice, wheat and coarse grains respectively.The AAY households to receive 35 kg of foodgrains per household per month at the same subsidized price.

Conclusion: Citizens can force every PA to create information every day strictly as per the system and procedure as per listed Acts and rules regulations listed under 4(1) (a) (b) (c) every day and that can be cross cheeked by applicant by asking reasons under 4(1) (d) by the affected person and copy of the same can be given to any applicant under 2( f)of RTI Act .Promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority. Policy on Prevention, Detection, and Remediation of Fraud and Corruption by government is must and a major element of good governance is the control of corruption. For that reason, controlling corruption has been a key indicator. Good governance is a keystone of government.

Vigilance Committees (VCs) have been in existence since the inception of the rationing system. The Central Government has been requesting the State Governments from time to time to activate these Committees for monitoring of PDS and reconstitute them, if not done so, by associating members from amongst the card holders and consumer activists as well as Members of Parliament. In the Model Citizens' Charter, issued in November, 1997, constitution of VCs by the State Governments at the level of Panchayat /Ward, Taluk, District and State/UT was emphasised. In the guidelines issued in June 1999 for the Involvement of the Panchayati Raj Institutions in the implementation of TPDS, it was mentioned that the Gram Panchayat/Gram Sabha should be encouraged to form FPS committees. The main functions of VCs are to ensure smooth functioning of PDS and redressal of problems related with it. The Government has also issued instructions to States/UTs to constitute VCs at FPS/Panchayat, Block, District and the State/UT level drawing members from the Government, social organisations, consumer organization and local bodies to periodically review the functioning of the schemes/FPS under PDS. Instructions have also been issued to all the States/UTs to involve Sarpanch, Pradhan, Pramukh, and Food Minister/Food Secretaries as the Chairmen of the VCs at village/FPS, block, districts and State level respectively. Despite the instructions taken up with the States from time to time, it is still felt that lot of work needs to be done by the States for making the VCs effective on ground to address the problems in the system.

The PDS (C) Order, 2001 notified on 31.08.2001 provides for the holding of the meeting of the VCs at the State, District, Block and FPS level by the State Government at least on quarterly basis. The Date and periodicity of the meeting to be notified by the State Governments.

In order to further strengthen the provisions of the VCs, the setting of the Committees has been brought under the provisions of the National Food Security Act, 2013. The provisions have been more elaborated in the new TPDS (Control) Order, 2015 notified on 20.03.2015.

The Targeted Public Distribution System (Control) Order, 2015 has been notified on 20.03.2015 in supersession of the PDS (C) Order, 2001 under section 3 of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 and in consonance with the NFSA, 2013. The TPDS (C) Order, 2015 prescribes various provisions on the VCs for supervision and monitoring of the TPDS by the State Governmen