JAMMU: In its effort to implement the first phase of the National Food Security Act (NFSA), the minister for consumer affairs and public distribution Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali in presence of speaker Legislative Assembly Kavinder Gupta on Sunday launched the distribution of new ration cards to the beneficiaries.
The minster commenced the programme by distributing new ration cards to people at RS Pura, Channi Rama and Janipur. The minister was joined by vice-chairperson, J&K State Advisory Board for the Welfare and Development of Scheduled Castes Bushan Lal Dogra.
While addressing the gathering, Zulfkar said that new ration cards will be distributed to beneficiaries across state within one week’s time.
The minister stressed upon the people to educate themselves about their rights and entitlements and be vigilant citizens and identify unfair practices. He also informed the people that electronic scale will be made available to every fair price shop within a few days which will regularize the supply and curb instances of pilferage.
The minister said that he along with all senior officers of CAPD department will be available to address the complaints of the people and asked them to come forward if any dealer denies them their rightful ration. He promised to take strict immediate action against the erring officer/dealer found indulging in such activities.