The National Food Security Act(NFSA), 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 the 10th of September, 2013 but deemed to have come into force on the 5th day 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. However, pursuant to the provisions under section 18 of this Act , the State Government may, if considers it necessary, by notification, designate any statutory commission or a body to exercise the powers and perform the functions of the State Food Commission.
In view of these provisions, the Odisha Information Commission was designated in November,2015 to exercise the powers and perform the functions of the State Food Commission.
Subsequently, Odisha Government decided to constitute an exclusive commission and accordingly the Department of Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare issued Notification No. 5725 on 15th March,2016. Pursuant to the said notification, offers of appointment were issued on the 9th May, 2016 to appoint Shri Ranglal Jamuda, I.A.S.(Retd.) as the first Chairperson of the Commission along with Shri Manoj Kumar Panda, Special Judge(Retd.) and Dr. Sipra Mallick,(former M.L.A.) as Members. All of them assumed charge between 10th May to 18th May 2016.
Subsequently Ms. Rajashree Mohanty,O.A.S.(S) and Shri S.K.Sarangi, O.R.S. assumed charge as Member Secretary and Administrative Officer respectively. The Commission is also assisted by a few supporting staff to perform the functions. The tenure of 1st Chairperson, State Food Commission came to an end on 17.05.2019.
In the mean while Sri Digvijay Nath Padhi,OAS(Retd. ) joined as Member on 12.09.2019 & Dr. Mallick, Member was re-appointed and joined as Member on 13.09.2019. Sri Digvijaya Nath Padhi , Member was declared as “Head of the office” from 10.12.2019 to 11.03.2020, as post of Chairperson was lying vacant. Sri Pramod Kumar Merkap, I.F.S(Retd.) has assumed the charge of Chairperson , Odisha State Food Commission from 12.03.2020.
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.
Sri PRAMOD KUMAR MERKAP
Sri D. N Padhi