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NHRC: States must evolve common norms for implementing National Food Security Act
The two-day National Conference on Right to Food, organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), concluded in New Delhi last evening, with several important suggestions and recommendations to ensure food security to the people.

Mr. Justice HL Dattu, Chairperson, NHRC, while delivering his concluding remarks, said that there is a need for the convergence of brilliant ideas and programmes, being put to use by different State Governments, into 'one mission' with 'one approach' deleting any dichotomies in the implementation of the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) across the country.

Justice Dattu said that it is not understandable why the country cannot have a common Standard Operating Procedure on the matters of governance, especially, in the implementation of the programmes like NFSA. A common programme of implementation mechanism will go a long way in ultimately ensuring portability of food for all in the country, which should be the primary goal.

He said that the NFSA has to be an inclusive provision of law, in terms of providing its benefit to the poor migrant labourers also, who may not have documents to support their claim under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) of their place of migration.

The NHRC Chairperson also said that the civil society and NGOs, already doing constructive work, should also devote themselves to building awareness about Government schemes in not only the rural and tribal areas but also in the urban areas. He also appealed to all the people that they should also come forward in sharing this responsibility of the State. They should ensure that excess food is not wasted and is given to the needy.

The participants included, among others, NHRC Members, Mr. Justice Cyriac Joseph, Mr. Justice D. Murugesan and Mr. S.C. Sinha, senior officers of the NHRC and SHRCs, senior officers of Center and State Governments, domain experts, representatives of civil society and NGOs.

The Commission will further deliberate upon the suggestions for improving the food security mechanism in the country and send its final recommendations to the Government.

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