Aizawl, March 25: Mizoram Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs on Wednesday informed the state assembly that the state government proposed to implement the Food Security Act in the state.
Replying to a query from Lalrinawma of the Mizo National Front (MNF), John Rotluangliana said that 7,06,296 people would be covered by the Food Security Act.
Under the Act, one person would receive five kilos of rice at the rate of Rs three a kilo in a month, he said.
However, the minister added that only 64.40 per cent of the population of the state would be able to purchase rice at the highly subsidised rate under the Food Security Act.
Rotluangliana said that implementation of the Food Security Act would be beneficial for the government, but would bring heavy burden and hardships to a large number of people as the state government has been providing eight kilos of rice per month to all the people in the state at present.