The National Food Security Act (NFSA) (EN/HI), 2013 provides for food and nutritional security in human life cycle approach, by ensuring access to adequate quantity of quality food at affordable prices to people to live a life with dignity and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
This Act was published in the Gazette of India on 10th of September, 2013 but deemed to have come into force on the 5th of July, 2013.
As per the provisions under section 16 of this Act, every State Government shall, by notification, constitute a State Food Commission for the purpose of monitoring and review of implementation of this Act.
Subsequently, Government of Jharkhand decided to constitute an exclusive commission and accordingly the Department of Food, Public Distribution & Consumer Affairs, constituted Jharkhand State Food Commission vide Notification No. 1632 on 13th April, 2017. Pursuant to the said notification, offers of appointment were issued to appoint Mr. Sudhir Prasad, I.A.S.(Retd.) as the first Chairperson of the Commission along with Shri Upendra Narayan Oraon, I.A.S.(Retd.), Smt. Bina Mishra, Mr. R.K Karan, Mr. Haldhar Mahto and Ranjana Kumari as Members. All of them assumed charge between 14th April to 15th May 2017. Subsequently Mr. Sunil Kumar Sinha (J.A.S) assumed charge as Member Secretary.
The commission has a mandate to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in the State. Three schemes namely- Targeted Public Distribution System, Integrated Child Development Services and Mid Day Meal come within the purview of this Act.
a) inspect or cause to be inspected, the non-compliance of policy decisions of the Government relating to National Food Security Act
b) organise regional camps to build awareness about benefits and entitlements under the Act; and
c) define measures for redressal of grievances in three implementing departments i.e. Food, Public Distribution & Consumer Affairs, Women & Child development and Social Security and School Education and Literacy.
a) monitor and evaluate the implementation of the schemes pursuant to the NFS Act, 2013;
b) either suo motu or on receipt of complaint inquire into violations of entitlement,
c) hear appeals against orders of the District Grievance Redressal Officer; and
d) give advice to the State Government, their agencies, autonomous bodies as well as non-governmental organisations involved in delivery of relevant services for the effective implementation of food and nutrition related schemes, to enable individuals to fully access their entitlements specified in this Act.