TN-NFSA 2 LAST

\ A government release said the decisions were taken at a A government release said the decisions were taken at a\recent cabinet meeting, keeping the public welfare in mind.\ \\"On the directions of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, NFSA\has been ordered to be implemented in Tamil Nadu keeping in\mind public welfare. Even if this results in additional\expenditure, it will be implemented in a way benefiting all\rice cardholders,\\" it said.\ The GO, meanwhile, said supply of foodgrains for priority\and non-priority households under Universal PDS would be\uniform.\ Further, the government has decided to constitute a State\Food Commission to monitor and review implementation of the\Act, it said, adding, orders for appointing its chairperson\and members would be issued separately.\ The revised scale of supply would be implemented in the\state from November, except poll-bound Aravakurichi, Thanjavur\and Thirupparakundram Assembly seats.\ The G.O. recalled that rice has been provided free of\cost under Universal PDS since June 2011 under the \\"directions\of Chief Minister\\" Jayalalithaa, who had implemented a then\poll-time promise in this regard.\ The present supply came with a monthly ceiling of 20 kg\per card, and 35 kg for AAY families, it added.\ The NFSA, which aimed at providing food and nutritional\security to targeted priority households, had determined a\rural coverage of 62.55 per cent and urban coverage of 37.79\per cent in the state, it said. PTI SA APR\ZMN\

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