New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel today pulled up the Centre for a delay in rolling out the National Food Security Act across the country and asked it to make all-out efforts to implement the law expeditiously.

The NFSA was passed by Parliament in September 2013 when the UPA was in power. The deadline for implementing the same has been extended thrice. At present, 13 states and Union Territories have implemented the Act, some of them fully and others partially.

“The committee also notes with dismay that the timeline for the implementation of NFSA…has been extended twice. The committee also is constrained to find that yet another extension up to September 2015 has been given to states/UTs,” the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution System said in its report.

Placed before the Lok Sabha today, the report details the action taken by the government on the recommendations given by the panel in its earlier report on Demands of Grants for 2014-15.

The panel recommended that “all-out efforts be made by the Department of Food and Public Distribution as also by states/UTs to accomplish the compliance of NFSA expeditiously.”

While expressing concern about delay in preparedness for implementing the food law across non-compliant states, the panel had earlier suggested to the department to set up a task force for completion of the work.

The food law aims to provide legal entitlement of 5 kg of subsidized foodgrains per person per month at Rs 1-3/kg to two-thirds of the country’s population.  — PTI

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