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State Food Commission holds open court in Vikasnagar

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By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 29 Jan: The Uttarakhand State Food Commission, formed under NFS Act 2013, held an open court today at the Vikasnagar Sub Divisional Magistrate’s Nagar’s office.
Bhupendra Singh Rawat, Chairman, and Dr Suchismita Sengupta Pandey, Member Secretary, State Food Commission, held the court in the presence of SDM Vikasnagar, Jitendra Kumar Singh, Tara Devi, Block Pramukh, Surendra Singh Chauhan ARO, Sunil Deoli, ARO, Kshma Bahuguna, Programme Officer, ICDS, Taruna Chamola, Programme Officer, ICDS, Vidhu Gulati and Neelum Jaswal, Supervisors, ICDS.
About 100 residents of Vikasnagar attended the open court with various complaints regarding online registration of NFSA cards, non-receipt of ration on yellow APL Cards, unavailability of sugar and kerosene oil.
The State Food Commission apprised the complainants that there was no category of Above Poverty Line nowadays, as there were only two categories – NFSA and State Food Programme, the former one being at the limit of Rs 15,000 income per month.
Complainants were apprised of the fact that the quota of sugar and kerosene oil had been discontinued by Government of India.
Many people were of the opinion that, like Himachal Pradesh, there should be availability of sugar and kerosene oil.
Many residents suggested providing the facility of updating the ration card details through the fair price shops as they had all been given laptops and were well versed with the technology.
The State Food Commission assured them that the Department authorities would be informed about this and steps would be taken accordingly.
Chairman Bhupendra Singh Rawat visited the Kanya Prathmik Vidyalay, Herbertpur, to see the arrangements for Mid Day Meal in the school. Himanshu Srivastava, Education Officer, assisted the Chairman during the visit. All arrangements to store the foodgrains and cooking of meals were found in place.