CA&PD to set up 3102 ration depots, 132 LPG outlets

JAMMU: Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CA&PD), Ch. Zulfkar Ali Thursday day said the gov¬ernment will spend Rs. 74 crore on the modernization of CA&PD Department to ensure transparent and accountable public delivery system.
The Minister, while replying to the Demand for Grants of the Department of CA&PD, in the Legislative Assembly, said that the coalition government is working on a multi-pronged strategy to improve the public distribution system and mod¬ernization is a vital step in this direction.
Giving details about the initiatives being taken under the modernization programme, the Minister said end-to-end computerization of TPDS, digitali¬zation of data, computerization of sup¬ply demand and management, setting up of transparency portal, installation of GPRs trackers in vehicles carrying foodgrains will be done. Besides, the Government also intends to introduce smart card service for consumers, electronic weighing machines and elec¬tronic transfer of money in the accounts of dealers to improve the system, the Min¬ister added.
To overcome the shortage of ration, the Minister said Government is mak¬ing serious efforts to provide ration to the consumers as per the census of 2011, for which the Chief Minister has already taken up the issue with the Central Government. Presently, ration is provided to the consumers as per the census of 2001, which is not adequate.
In order to expand the network of PDS outlets, the Minister said as per 2011 census, the Government requires 3102 new Ration Depots. The process for opening these outlets has already been set in motion.
To further streamline the LPG sup¬ply, the Minister said that 132 new loca¬tions have been identified for setting up LPG outlets, out of which 36 have been established.