Senior National Conference (NC) leader and incumbent minister for consumer affairs and public distribution (CAPD) Chowdhary Mohammad Ramzan has said implementing the National Food Security Act (NFSA) was not in the interest of the State.
In a statement issued here on Thursday, he said under the NFSA, only 75% rural population and 50% urban population would be covered and provided subsidised ration.
Ramzan added, "At present, the state government is receiving subsidised ration for 99 lakh people of the state, on the basis of the 2001 Census, and some additional adhoc allotment to meet the food grains requirement of increased population."
The state population is about 1.20 crore. He said the statement of Azad that the act would have benefited the state was not based on the facts, as with its implementation, 50 lakh people would have been barred from receiving food grains at subsidised rates.
He said the state government has repeatedly asked the Centre to allot food grains as per the 2011 Census that has not been agreed until now.
"Giving political connotation to this act by a person who has been chief minister also is unfortunate. Unless the state government's request for allotting food grains, as per the 2011 Census, is agreed by the Centre, the implementation of NFSA is in no way in the interest of the people of Jammu and Kashmir," he claimed.
"Instead of creating confusion on the issue, the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha should hold the then Congress-led UPA Union government responsible for failing to accept the plea of the state government," he said.
Ramzan said the senior Congress leader should not to open a pandora's box as such ill-founded and baseless statements would boomerang on him and his party.