Imphal, Jan 19: The Naga Chiefs Association Chandel (NCAC) today alleged rice meant for Chandel district which were supposed to be distributed under National Food Security Act (NFSA) for the month of October and December of 2017 had been swindled by contractors, transporters and agents. The association while condemning such act demanded strict punitive action against those persons involved in the stealing of rice meant for the poor people of Chandel district.
In a press statement, the Naga Chiefs Association Chandel (NCAC) said that the district have not received rice under NFSA for the month of October and December, 2017. It said that the association had lodged a written complaint to the Deputy Commissioner, Chandel regarding the discrepancy in the distribution of rice under NFSA for the whole of Chandel district.
The association also expressed involvement of influential politicians from Chandel district to the swindling of rice meant for the poor people.
“The Naga Chiefs Association have not ruled out the involvement of politicians of Chandel district”, the statement said.
When selection of transporters/contractors and agents are meant to be free from political interference as per guidelines of the NFSA, 99% of the agents are appointed through political appointment, the statement added.
The NCAC while urging the district administration to punish those involve in the looting of the rice said that the Association will not leave any stone unturned till those persons involved in the crime are punished in accordance with the law of the land.
NFSA rice for Chandel swindled by agents, contractors and transporters – NCAC