FCI has a total storage capacity of 62,812 MT in Manipur which is sufficient to store six months’ allocations under NFSA. At present, 56,336 MT rice are available in various FCI godowns in the state, FCI regional deputy general manager Gongreipou Kamei said.
The All Manipur Mid Day Meal (MDM) Workers' Union (AMMDMWU) stated that though schools are closed due to the pandemic, the MDM workers distributed ration to the houses of students.
Asking both the commissioner of CAF and PD, and the DC of Kakching to present their respective reports before three weeks, the notification also directed them to ensure distribution of NFSA and PMGKAY rice in the interim.
Food Corporation of India (FCI) has supplied 77.42 LMT free food grains to all 36 states/ UTs under PMGKAY-III (May-June 2021) till June 28, 2021.
Manipur Water Resource Minister Letpao Haokip and local MLA of Chandel assembly constituency distributed one rice bag for each 1,500 households along with monetary assistance of Rs 500 each on Wednesday.
Instances of beneficiaries refusing to accept rice when agents allegedly tried to distribute in lesser quantities cropped up in almost all districts of Manipur. Several beneficiaries from different districts have urged the authorities concerned to look into the alleged irregularities in the distribution of rice.
NFSA rice allocation for January was issued from February 9 and the rice for the month of March was issued from April 3, a release stated.
As sparks fly over rice distribution for the poor amid the Covid pandemic, the Department of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (CAFPD) Manipur clears the air.
The Commission issued the directive, following a complaint lodged by one E Rajib Singh and others in connection with the alleged irregularities in rice distribution under PMGKAY in view of COVID 19 pandemic.
The Kanglei Indigenous Martial Arts and Cultural Society (KIMACS) has sought the Manipur government's action to ensure equal distribution of rice to all beneficiaries of PMGKAY and NFSA as many of them failed to get right amount of rice quantity distributed in the state.
There are hardly any individuals who can take action against irregularities in implementation of PMGKAY since the agents in localities are people who have close connection with those in power, says AMUCO.
The scheme had full in-built flexibility to ensure that no deserving person was left out and accordingly, the on-ground responsibilities of identification of eligible migrants / stranded migrants and other needy persons and subsequently distribution of food-grains to them under this scheme was given to state and UT governments.
The Social Youth Organisation has appealed to the government to address the problem of the economically backward people of Sanjenbam, Manipur.