Shimla: Central government has convened meeting of the state food ministers & food secretaries to discuss the implementation of Food Security Bill in the country said G.S. Bali Himachal Minister of Food and Civil Supplies after meeting with Union food Minister K.V Thomas in Krishi Bhawan New Delhi.
G.S. Bali Himachal Minister of Food and Civil Supplies told that the centre has convened meeting of the state food secretaries on 23rd September while the meeting of the state food ministers has been convened at 24th September in Vigyan Bhawan New Delhi.
G.S. Bali apprised the Union Minister that Himachal Pradesh has taken all preparatory steps to launch the National Food Security Act including framing the guidelines for selection of beneficiaries under the act and told that Union govt has agreed to provide rations to APL families in Himachal Pradesh who would have been left out of the purview of National food security act.
He requested the union minister to provide liberal financial assistance for state govt to develop the food grain storage facilities in the state and also offered land and other infrastructural facilities for developing storage facilities by the central agencies . He also requested financial assistance for computerization of the Public distribution system to check the bogus ration cards and eliminate the pilferage of ration under PDS.