Ration depots to get electronic weighing machines

JAMMU: The state is considering replacement of the conventional weighing machines at the ration depots with the electronic ones.
Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD), Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali, Wednesday said “the conventional weighing system at the ration depots will be replaced with Electronic Weighing Machines from April 1” to bring transparency in the public distribution system. The government, he said, also envisages to replace the ration cards with smart cards to “simplify and streamline” the system.
The Minister was replying to a question by Jugal Kishore and Surinder Choudhary in the Legislative Council.
He said the government has taken up with the Oil Companies the matter of LPG outlets to cover the uncovered areas.
“The people were categorized as BPL families on the basis of 2001 Census and are getting ration along with other facilities on the same, however, the state government is pursuing with the central government to provide rations to the state as per 2011 Census,” he said.
Zulfkar said the CAPD department has issued ration cards to deserving BPL families on the basis of exiting list with departments of Rural Development, Revenue, and Urban-Local Bodies.
“After every two to three years new ration booklets are being provided to already enrolled BPL families after ascertaining their present eligibility by a committee both at rural and urban Level,” he added.
The government, he said, has constituted committees “to re-verify BPL families in the state, for deletion of ineligible, and inclusion of eligible families in the current BPL lists.”
“The efforts of the department are afoot to verify the lists,” he said.