State to provide rations as per 2011 census despite hefty deficit

State to provide rations as per 2011 census despite hefty deficit

SRINAGAR: The state government has decided to provide rations to people as per 2011 census by bringing into use the local resources to meet the monthly shortfall of 16, 500 MTs.
“Rationees would be provided ration on subsidized rates by the state government as per 2011 census till the Government of India releases additional quota projected by J&K,” Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Choudhary Zulfkar, announced Thursday at a press conference in Jammu.
At present the state government is providing rations to 19.72 lakh families or 1.01 crore souls as per the 2001 census. As per the 2011 census, however, the requirement is of rations for 22.73 lakh families or 1.25 crore souls.
The state government is getting rations from Food Corporation of India for 18.02 lakh families or 99.45 lakh souls as per projected population for year 2000, resulting in shortfall of 16,500 MTs per month.
The rations are being provided in the state under four categories—BPL, Annapurna, Annatodya, and APL.
In order to fill the shortfall, The Minister said, the matter has already been taken up with the Government of India and issue is being pursued at various forums.
The Minister said all the Deputy Commissioners have been asked to provide village-wise list of beneficiaries under different categories within one month.
Referring to renewal or issuance of new ration cards, the Minister said the J&K Bank has been given a month’s time for printing of new ration cards.
“The new ration cards will be both for rationees and non-rationees,” he said.
To check pilferage of rations, the Minister said a GPS system is being put in place to track the movement of vehicles carrying the rations.
He said an e-transfer mechanism is also being adopted to check corruption.
The Minister also announced that electronic weighing machines will be installed at all the Fair Price Shops soon.