Three Northeastern states — Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh — this week decided to implement the National Food Security Act, with Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh saying Tuesday that the scheme would cover nearly 87 per cent of the state’s population. He said that the state could not implement the scheme earlier due to extra financial burden involved.
While Arunachal Pradesh government said that the Act will be implemented immediately, Nagaland CM T R Zeliang had earlier this week announced the decision to roll out the scheme in a phased manner from June. Parliament had passed the National Food Security Act in September 2013.
Among other Northeastern states, Tripura had implemented the Food Security Act in August 2015, Meghalaya in September 2015, Assam in December 2015, and Mizoram in March 2016.