Section 29 in The National Food Security Act, 2013

Title: Setting up of Vigilance Committees.

Description: (1) For ensuring transparency and proper functioning of the Targeted Public Distribution System and accountability of the functionaries in such system, every State Government shall set up Vigilance Committees as specified in the Public Distribution System (Control) Order, 2001, made under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 (10 of 1955), as amended from time to time, at the State, District, Block and fair price shop levels consisting of such persons, as may be prescribed by the State Government giving due representation to the local authorities, the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, women and destitute persons or persons with disability. (2) The Vigilance Committees shall perform the following functions, namely:— (a) regularly supervise the implementation of all schemes under this Act; (b) inform the District Grievance Redressal Officer, in writing, of any violation of the provisions of this Act; and (c) inform the District Grievance Redressal Officer, in writing, of any malpractice or misappropriation of funds found by it.

Title: Food security for people living in remote, hilly and tribal areas.

Description: The Central Government and the State Governments shall, while implementing the provisions of this Act and the schemes for meeting specified entitlements, give special focus to the needs of the vulnerable groups especially in remote areas and other areas which are difficult to access, hilly and tribal areas for ensuring their food security.

Title: Steps to further advance food and nutritional security.

Description: The Central Government, the State Governments and local authorities shall, for the purpose of advancing food and nutritional security, strive to progressively realise the objectives specified in Schedule III.

Title: Other welfare schemes.

Description: (1) The provisions of this Act shall not preclude the Central Government or the State Government from continuing or formulating other food based welfare schemes. (2) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, the State Government may, continue with or formulate food or nutrition based plans or schemes providing for benefits higher than the benefits provided under this Act, from its own resources.

Title: Penalties

Description: Any public servant or authority found guilty, by the State Commission at the time of deciding any complaint or appeal, of failing to provide the relief recommended by the District Grievance Redressal Officer, without reasonable cause, or wilfully ignoring such recommendation, shall be liable to penalty not exceeding five thousand rupees: Provided that the public servant or the public authority, as the case may be, shall be given a reasonable opportunity of being heard before any penalty is imposed.