Section 40 in The National Food Security Act, 2013

Title: Power of State Government to make rules.

Description: (1) The State Government may, by notification, and subject to the condition of previous publication, and consistent with this Act and the rules made by the Central Government, make rules to carry out the provisions of this Act. (2) In particular and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:— (a) guidelines for identification of priority households under sub-section (1) of section 10; (b) internal grievance redressal mechanism under section 14; (c) qualifications for appointment as District Grievance Redressal Officer and its powers under sub-section (2) of section 15; (d) method and terms and conditions of appointment of the District Grievance Redressal Officer under sub-section (3) of section 15; (e) manner and time limit for hearing complaints by the District Grievance Redressal Officer and the filing of appeals under sub-sections (5) and (7) of section 15; (f) method of appointment and the terms and conditions of appointment of Chairperson, other Members and Member-Secretary of the State Commission, procedure for meetings of the Commission and its powers, under sub-section (5) of section 16; (g) method of appointment of staff of the State Commission, their salaries, allowances and conditions of service under sub-section (8) of section 16; (h) manner in which the Targeted Public Distribution System related records shall be placed in the public domain and kept open for inspection to public under section 27; (i) manner in which the social audit on the functioning of fair price shops, Targeted Public Distribution System and other welfare schemes shall be conducted under section 28; (j) composition of Vigilance Committees under sub-section (1) of section 29; (k) schemes or programmes of the Central Government or the State Governments for utilisation of institutional mechanism under section 43; (l) any other matter which is to be, or may be, prescribed or in respect of which provision is to be made by the State Government by rules. (3) Every rule, notification and guidelines made or issued by the State Government under this Act shall, as soon as may be after it is made or issued, be laid before each House of the State Legislature where there are two Houses, and where there is one House of the State Legislature, before that House.

Title: Transitory provisions for schemes, guidelines, etc.

Description: The schemes, guidelines, orders and food standard, grievance redressal mechanism, vigilance committees, existing on the date of commencement of this Act, shall continue to be in force and operate till such schemes, guidelines, orders and food standard, grievance redressal mechanism, vigilance committees are specified or notified under this Act or the rules made thereunder: Provided that anything done or any action taken under the said schemes, guidelines, orders and food standard, grievance redressal mechanism, or by vigilance committees shall be deemed to have been done or taken under the corresponding provisions of this Act and shall continue to be in force accordingly unless and until superseded by anything done or by any action taken under this Act.

Title: Power to remove difficulties.

Description: (1) If any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions of this Act, the Central Government may, by order, published in the Official Gazette, make such provisions, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, as appear to it to be necessary or expedient for removing the difficulty: Provided that no order shall be made under this section after the expiry of two years from the date of commencement of this Act. (2) Every order made under this section shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before each House of Parliament.

Title: Utilisation of institutional mechanism for other purposes.

Description: The services of authorities to be appointed or constituted under sections 15 and 16 may be utilised in the implementation of other schemes or programmes of the Central Government or the State Governments, as may be prescribed by the State Government.

Title: Force Majeure

Description: The Central Government, or as the case may be, the State Government, shall be liable for a claim by any person entitled under this Act, except in the case of war, flood, drought, fire, cyclone or earthquake affecting the regular supply of foodgrains or meals to such person under this Act: Provided that the Central Government may, in consultation with the Planning Commission, declare whether or not any such situation affecting the regular supply of foodgrains or meals to such person has arisen or exists.