Jalandhar: Member of Punjab State Food Commission A.K Sharma today asked the officials to play a proactive role in implementing the National Food Security Act, 2013 in right earnest to benefit the underprivileged and weaker sections of society in the district.
Chairing a meeting with them before visiting two schools and Anganwari Centres in Jalandhar, the Member of State Food Commission, accompanied by SDM Nakodar Mr Amit Kumar Panchal said that there were 35.33 lakh families and 1.37 crore beneficiaries in the state that were getting a direct benefit from the Food Security Act through subsidised grains.
He said that the Act envisages providing food grains to the eligible beneficiaries at subsidised rates. Mr Sharma asked the officials to ensure the Act was implemented in a transparent and accountable manner so that the eligible beneficiaries get maximum advantage of the Act.
Member of Punjab State Food Commission further said that the Commission was duty-bound to ensure nutritional value of the grains supplied to the beneficiaries.
Likewise, he said that the nutritional value of the food that was given under Anganwaris to the younger children, lactating mothers and would-be mothers, should also be maintained. Member of Punjab State Food Commission also reviewed the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojna, Mid-Day Meal and supplementary nutrition program.
He said that any sort of callousness in this noble cause was unwarranted and undesirable. Sharma asked the officers for paying special attention to the grains/cereal/pulses that were cooked under Mid-day-Meal so that students of the government school could be provided quality food.
Sharma also visited two schools and Anganwari centers in Mithapur and Alipur areas and checked the Mid-Day meal being served to the students. He also inspected the stock registers and talked with the students and others.