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New Delhi:  All states and union territories, except Tamil Nadu, would implement the National Food Security Act (NFSA) by April 2016, Union Minister for Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan said on Monday.

Stating that the public distribution system was “important to link governments directly to the vulnerable”, Paswan, who also holds the charge of consumer affairs, emphasized the need for early implementation of the NFSA.

Tamil Nadu has not indicated any firm date for implementation of NFSA but has indicated that computerization of Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) is likely to be completed by June, 2016 after which implementation of NFSA will be taken up, the ministry said in a statement.

In 2013, the NFSA was enacted to provide food security for 67 percent of the population in the form of highly subsidized foodgrains at Rs.2 and Rs.3 per kg for wheat and rice respectively. The coverage under the NFSA has been delinked from poverty estimates.

During the initial one year provided in the Act for identification of beneficiaries, only 11 states and union territories have started implementing the Act.

Though 11 more states and union territories have started implementing the Act in the last six months, 14 are yet to roll out the NFSA, the statement added.

(Inputs from IANS)

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As A Mark of Respect To Karunanidhi, Parliament Gets Adjourned

"In his passing away, the country has lost an able administrator and an outstanding statesman. The House deeply mourns his death."

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Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day without transacting any business on Wednesday as a mark of respect to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK leader M. Karunanidhi who died in Chennai on Tuesday.

The presiding officers of the two Houses made obituary references and paid homage to the 94-year-old political stalwart.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan described him as a visionary and a true leader of the masses and said his death “is an irreparable loss to the country and marks the end of an era”.

The members stood in silence for a short while.

A 2 Minute Silence Was Observed For Him. Flickr
A 2 Minute Silence Was Observed For M. Karunanidhi, After His Passing On Tuedsay. Flickr

In the obituary reference, Mahajan said Karunanidhi, an astute administrator, in his “long and illustrious political career” showcased his “admirable leadership qualities and worked relentlessly for the cause of the people, particularly the marginalised and the downtrodden sections of the society.

“A multifaceted persona, Karunanidhi rose to become the most celebrated screenwriter in the Tamil film industry, using the cinematic medium to deliver his political ideas to the masses. The 1952 box office hit ‘Parasakthi’, in particular, was a turning point both in Tamil cinema and for Karunanidhi,” she said.

In the Rajya Sabha, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said Karunanidhi was actively engaged in social and public life.

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“In his passing away, the country has lost an able administrator and an outstanding statesman. The House deeply mourns his death,” Naidu said.

The House observed two minutes of silence before adjourning for the day. (IANS)