The decision in this regard was taken during a state cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Mufti Mohmmad Sayeed. "We have decided to implement it (National Food Security Act NFSA) from April 1, 2016 in the state. The decision was taken during the cabinet meeting today," Sayeed said, adding that "it was challenging work to decide," he added.

On being asked whether NFSA will be implemented in Jammu and Kashmir in toto without a legislation as central act cannot be directly implemented in the state, he gave an affirmative reply.

"There is no need for a legislation. It is an Act. The central act would be implemented (in toto). It is applicable everywhere. There is no problem in (implementing it here)," the Chief Minister said.

"We have been providing food to people in J&K as per 2001 Census but now food will be provided to people as per 2011 Census benefiting lakhs of people," Sayeed cited. The implementation of the Act would benefit 4.71 lakh families or 20.13 lakh people in the state.

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