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ONE TIME FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR NON BUILDING ASSETS FOR STATE FOOD COMMISSION

Section 16 of the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA), notified on 10.09.2013 provides that every State Government shall, by notification, constitute a State Food Commission for the purpose of monitoring and review of implementation of the Act. The State Food Commission shall consist of a Chairperson, five other Members and a Member-Secretary with associated administrative and technical staff. (2 women and SC/ST). Section 18 of the Act provides that the State Government, if considers it necessary, by notification, designate any statutory commission or a body to exercise the powers and perform the functions of the State Commission. Section 19 provides that two or more States may have a joint State Food Commission with the approval of the Central Government.

In case a State decides to set up State Food Commission on exclusive basis, Central Government provides one time financial assistance for non building assets for State Food Commission under the Scheme on "Strengthening of PDS & Capacity Building, Quality Control, Consultancies & Research". The assistance would be for non-building assets such as furniture, office, equipment, computers etc. These may include computers, air-conditioners, photocopiers, Fax machines, telephones, EPABX system, tables, chairs, storage units etc. No assistance will be provided for any construction activity or any recurring expenses.

Only those States/UTs will be eligible for financial assistance which have (i) constituted the State Food Commission, as per provisions of NFSA, on an exclusive basis, (ii) created posts of necessary staff for proper functioning of the SFC, (iii) notification constituting the State Food Commission has been issued. The proposal for assistance may be prepared by the State Government/UT in consultation with the State Food Commission, giving complete details of the posts created, which shall include name and number of posts. The maximum financial assistance under the scheme is Rs. 50 lakh for a State/UT. The assistance would be released in two instalments on approval of the proposal by a Departmental Committee. 75% would be released as 1st instalment and after submission of Utilization Certificate, 2nd instalment of 25% would be released.

Budget Provision for one time financial assistance to SFCs

Budgeted amount

Actual expenditure

(Rs.lakh)

2015-16

75

NIL

2016-17

100

55.62

2017-18

NIL

NIL

2018-19

185

184.43

2019-20

300

128.13

2020-21

200.50

NIL (as on 19 oct 2020)

Advance given to SFCs so far:

Sl. No.

Name of State

Sanction date

Amount (in Rs lakh)

1.

Bihar

05.08.2016

34.19

2.

Odisha

05.08.2016

21.43

3.

Jharkhand

11.09.2018

10.00

30.10.2018

27.50

4.

Uttar Pradesh

11.09.2018

10.00

30.10.2018

27.50

5.

Punjab

11.09.2018

10.00

30.10.2018

24.43

6.

Andhra Pradesh

11.09.2018

10.00

30.10.2018

27.50

7.

Chhattisgarh

11.09.2018

10.00

30.10.2018

27.50

8.

Karnataka

17.06.2019

37.50

9.

Meghalaya

17.06.2019

15.63

10.

Maharashtra

17.06.2019

37.50

11.

Gujarat

11.03.2020

37.50