JAMMU: The government on Sunday said that no date has been fixed for issuance of Ration Cards to the left out families as per 2011 Census as they can be considered only after New Delhi provides food grains based on this census.
This was disclosed by Chowdhry Zulfikar Ali, Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) in reply to a query raised by Vikar Rasool in LA on Sunday.
The Minister said delay in sanctioning of ration to left out families as per census 2011 including Banihal constituency is because JK gets its ration quota being based on the projected population of the year 2000 and not on the basis of 2011-census.
The Minister also informed that Oil Companies IOCL, HPCL and BPCL have identified locations for opening of new LPG out lets in the State as per their own norms under RGGLVY. He said 36 outlets have been established adding that CA&PD Department has very limited role in the identification of sites for opening new LPG outlets.
The Minister said enhancement of quota of Kerosene oil has been taken up with New Delhi from time to time adding that as and when same is enhanced by the New Delhi only then it can be considered for enhancement by the State government.
The Minister said to ensure regular, adequate and timely supply of ration to the TPDS families in the State, the allocation of the food grains are being made in advance, release orders are being procured from FCI and lifting in advance is being ensured by or before the end of previous month of allocation to ensure distribution of food grains from 1st day of the allocation month to the rationees.
He said similarly, the allotment of Kerosene oil quota is allotted to both the Directors mostly by 1st or 2nd working day of every month and thereafter the Directors of CA&PD Kashmir and Jammu allocate the quota to the districts immediately to ensure that the quota is fully lifted and distributed among the rationees well in time. He said adequate supply of LPG is being made by Oil companies and Gas agencies in all the districts and it is being monitored jointly by the CAPD department and oil companies.
The Minister further informed that there is no shortage/scarcity of ration in Chenab valley including Banihal constituency.
He said full scale of 35 kg per family per month is being maintained under BPL and AAY categories in the area. He, however, said that meagre short fall of food grains under KPL category is experienced which is supplemented by additional/adhoc allocations in the area of Chenab valley.