The treasury benches in the lower house Monday faced lot of heat over the issue of shortage of ration supplies in majority of areas of the state even as combined opposition staged a walk out of the house to wake up the concerned agencies.
Soon after the house convened here today legislators belonging to PDP, BJP, Panthers party and supported by Congress MAL from Inderwal GM Saroori raised the issue of shortage of ration supplies and demanded that the state govt should ensure regular supply of ration to residents living in remote areas of the state.
Shouting slogans, ‘Bhashan Nahi’,’Raashan Do’, the opposition members created uproar in the House and disrupted its proceedings.
Expressing his concern Panthers party MLA Harsh Dev Singh claimed it appears the state govt is supplying ration only in books as the people in remote areas of Ramnagar constituency are suffering for want of regular supplies.
AR Veeri of PDP claimed more than three lakh families are yet to issued ration cards and have been deprived of the ration.
Jugal Kishore of BJP vent his ire on the state govt and claimed the promised quota is yet to be provided to the needy and poor as per the census figures.
Prof Chaman Lal Gupta said the issues has been raised by several senior legislators of the house and needs attention of the govt at the earliest.
CPI(M) MY Tarigami accused the govt of laxity and warned them against accepting the quota under Food Security Act as it would lead to cut in the overall quota for the state.Ashwami Sharma of JSM said despite doling out assurances the state govt has failed to fulfill its promise of providing ration to the people.
The members protested in the well of the House and asserted that there is no sufficient ration in different parts of the state and people are facing shortage of ration. The Government has approved supply of ration on the basis of 2011 census but still the ratio is being supplied on 2001 census basis, said the members.
The opposition legislators, however, staged walkout from the Assembly.
Earlier, MLA Inderwal G M Saroori sought reply from the Government that whether the Centre while enacting Food Security Act has impressed upon the State Government to implement it in the State.
“National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013 has been passed by the Central Government for its implementation in whole of the country including Jammu and Kashmir and the same is under the consideration of the State Government,” Vaqar Rasool, Minister in-charge CAPD in his reply said.
He further added that since the NFSA provides for coverage of 75 per cent of the rural and 50 per cent of the Urban population to receive subsidised food grains under targeted Public Distribution System in view of the recent trends in production and procurement of food grains.
“To ensure the timely implementation of NFSA 2013 in the state within the stipulated time and provide the ration as per census 2011, the CAPD Department has taken various steps,” said the minister.