India bent upon cre­at­ing food cri­sis in Kash­mir

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

tion of the NFSA only af­ter New Delhi, un­am­bigu­ously, con­veyed to the Gov­ern­ment that it will stop re­lease of ra­tion at sub­si­dized rates if it (NFSA) was not im­ple­mented.

“(The) Gov­ern­ment of India cat­e­gor­i­cally in­formed the State Gov­ern­ment that it will stop re­leas­ing ra­tion at sub­si­dized rates if the State of J&K does not im­ple­ment the NFSA upto Septem­ber 30, 2015. Ac­cord­ingly the State Cabi­net took cog­nizance of the emer­gent na­ture aris­ing out of non-re­leas­ing of sub­si­dized ra­tion to the State and ac­cord­ingly in the cabi­net meet­ing held on De­cem­ber 02, 2015, it was de­cided to im­ple­ment the NFSA in the en­tire State w.e.f Fe­bru­ary 01, 2016,” the Min­is­ter’s re­ply reads.

The State’s Gov­ern­ment dis­clo­sure that the food pro­gram was im­ple­mented out of com­pul­sion has put a ques­tion mark on its ear­lier claims that it was rolled out to cover max­i­mum pop­u­la­tion and was a peo­ple-friendly ini­tia­tive.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Na­tional Food Se­cu­rity Act (NFSA) trig­gered mas­sive protests across Kash­mir. Both main­stream and sep­a­ratist groups op­posed the new food law. While main­stream par­ties op­posed it on the plea that it would leave lakhs of souls with­out sub­si­dized ra­tion, the sep­a­ratists saw a “deeper con­spir­acy” be­hind the move.

The CAPD Min­is­ter on Satur­day also dis­closed that the pre­vi­ous NC-Congress Gov­ern­ment gave a green sig­nal for im­ple­men­ta­tion of the food law in State.

“The cabi­net (vide its de­ci­sion No. 202/25/2011, dated 24.11.2011) gave its con­sent for the NFSA. Sub­se­quently, the then Gov­ern­ment con­veyed its con­sent to the Gov­ern­ment of India (vide let­ter No. CAPD/FOOD/21/2009-Part-II, dated 25.11.2011),” the re­ply states.

Re­ports say that India uses man­aged food short­age as a weapon of sub­mis­sion by Kash­miris. It is es­ti­mated that thou­sands of poor men’s kitchens have shut down due to non-avail­abil­ity of food.—Re­port

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