Section 17 in The National Food Security Act, 2013

Title: Salary and allowances of Chairperson, Member, Member-Secretary and other staff of State Commission.

Description: The State Government shall provide for salary and allowances of Chairperson, other Members, Member-Secretary, support staff, and other administrative expenses required for proper functioning of the State Commission.

Title: Designation of any Commission or body to function as State Commission.

Description: 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 Commission referred to in section 16.

Title: Joint State Food Commission.

Description: Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1) of section 16, two or more States may have a Joint State Food Commission for the purposes of this Act with the approval of the Central Government.

Title: Powers relating to inquiries.

Description: (1) The State Commission shall, while inquiring into any matter referred to in clauses (b) and (e) of sub-section (6) of section 16, have all the powers of a civil court while trying a suit under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (5 of 1908) and, in particular, in respect of the following matters, namely:— (a) summoning and enforcing the attendance of any person and examining him on oath; (b) discovery and production of any document; (c) receiving evidence on affidavits; (d) requisitioning any public record or copy thereof from any court or office; and (e) issuing commissions for the examination of witnesses or documents. (2) The State Commission shall have the power to forward any case to a Magistrate having jurisdiction to try the same and the Magistrate to whom any such case is forwarded shall proceed to hear the complaint against the accused as if the case has been forwarded to him under section 346 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974).

Title: Vacancies, etc., not to invalidate proceedings of State Commission.

Description: No act or proceeding of the State Commission shall be invalid merely by reason of— (a) any vacancy in, or any defect in the constitution of, the State Commission; or (b) any defect in the appointment of a person as the Chairperson or a Member of the State Commission; or (c) any irregularity in the procedure of the State Commission not affecting the merits of the case.