The Center has proposed a committee of State Food Secretaries under the chairmanship of Union Food Secretaries to short out issues of sharing expenditure towards intra-State transportation and handling of foodgrains, margins to fair price shop dealers and other implementation issues to ensure speedy implementation of National Food Security Act(NFSA). Besides this, a committee at the Ministerial level has been proposed to sort out issues of finance and other infrastructure to provide all required assistance on priority basis for the implementation of the Act. This was disclosed by K.V.Thomas, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution to the media persons here today while briefing about the deliberations of the State Food Ministers'. Thomas said further that most of the states informed today that they have already started preparations for launching the scheme under the Act and 50 percent States are expected to rollout the Act by this year-end. States have been again assured that their foodgrains allocation will be protected at the average of annual off take for the last three years and other concerned will be addressed as per the provisions of the Act.
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