Asks for issuance of ration slips quarterly instead of yearly basis
JAMMU, NOV 22: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) and Tribal Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali today reiterated directions for providing adequate and timely supply of ration to kashmiri migrants in a fair and transparent manner.
The Minister said this while chairing a meeting of officers of FCS&CA department and Relief Organization held to review stock and supply position of food grains, sugar in the Kashmiri Migrants Camps.
Deputy Commissioner Relief Organization (Migrants), Kuldeep Krishan Sidha, Controller Legal Metrology Raj Kumar Katoch, Deputy Controller Legal Metrology Manoj Prabhakar, Assistant Directors of FCS &CA department besides other senior officers of Relief Organization and FCS&CA attended the meeting.
The Minister was briefed about the status of present quota of ration available with the department for the 16439 migrant souls living in Purkhoo, Muthi, Nagrota and Jagti Camps.
He directed the concerned officers to timely distribute ration including sugar among the migrant families and ensure quality control in procurement and distribution of food grains. “Strictly adhere to time schedule to avoid delays in ration distribution”, he asked the concerned.
Taking serious notice of delay in distribution of ration particularly sugar in various migrant camps, the Minister directed to hold enquiry in this regard.
Zulfkar asked the officers to start the process of preparing new ration cards for Kashmiri migrants under relief and non-relief categories for their convenience besides issuing ration slips quarterly instead of yearly basis. He directed the officers of Relief organization and FCS &CA department for quarterly reconciliation of food grains for proper monitoring of food supply.
Zulfkar emphasized for close coordination and collective efforts between various departments to streamline public distribution system among migrants. He asked the officers to monitor the distribution of food grains among the migrants and submit the physical report in detail to the administrative department on monthly basis.
The Minister said various initiatives have been taken by the government to bring transparency and accountability in the functioning of all departments. Linking of ration cards with Aadhaar is a step in the same direction, he added.
The Minister said FCS&CA department is working hard to complete digitization process expeditiously to curb black marketing and make Public Distribution System more transparent and accountable in the state. He directed for installation of PoS machines at ration depots in Jagti Camp.
Zulfkar directed Deputy Commissioner Relief for preparing a detailed project report for opening of fair price shops, government ration depots in transit camps in Kashmir at Vessu Quazigund, Mattan Anantnag, Hawal Pulwama, Veervan Baramulla, Natnusa Kupwara for smooth distribution of ration supply among the consumers.