JAMMU: The government on Friday said that it has designated District Development Commissioners of all the 22 districts of the State as District Monitoring Authority (DMA) for their respective districts to monitor supply and distribution of commodities under the Public Distribution System.
Recently a circular issued by the government impressing upon District Development Commissioners of the State, Director FCS&CA Kashmir and Jammu and all other concerned officers of the Department to implement the circular in letter and spirit.
According to the Circular, all Deputy Commissioners have been designated as District Monitoring Authority (DMA) for their respective districts to monitor distribution of PDS.
DDCs have also been authorized to confiscate material / Fair Price Shop in case of default by the shop holder besides government has authorized the DCs to nominate Nodal Officer for every Fair Price Shop.
In order to make Deputy Commissioners and Officers of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs accountable regarding supply and distribution of food-grains, government has made it mandatory to reflect performance of the District Collectors, Officers of FCSCA in regard of PDS in Annual Performance Report (APR).
This after Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali visit to Chhattisgarh, witnessing the efforts put their to bring in transparency wanted to replicate the system with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti given her nod.
He said that Chhattisgarh state has adopted revolutionary measures to bring transparency and accountability in Food Department. He said that government also wanted similar changes here. He added that this circular will be implemented in true spirit in the state and any violation will invite stern action.
The government passed on directions through this circular to ensure availability of food-grains to people at doorstep besides maintaining 3 months buffer stock in all distribution centres. It was instructed to supply commodities to FPS for a month by the end of previous month besides to ensure SMS delivery system to at least 5-10 renowned people of that village about release / delivery of food-grains to that FPS.
The government issued directions that food-grains /other commodities be released only after the FPS owner clears previous liability and gives a statement clearly indicating the details about the quantum of food-grains received, distributed and balance in previous month. FPS owners have been directed to distribute food-grains by or before 7th of every month.
According to circular the Food Inspector of the area has to inspect 10-15 FPSs of his area during the month and submit the report regarding distribution of the commodities in these shops to Assistant Director of the district whereas Assistant Director has been instructed to cross check at least 10 percemt of the shops checked by the Inspectors.
The government has also made online allocation of food-grains mandatory and enabling Online real time monitoring of distribution of food-grains besides instructions were passed to start SMS service regarding information of Truck dispatches.
Regarding grievances redress, government instructed to create Toll Free numbers for redress of all grievances in time bound manner.