‘Food-grains under PDS to reach consumers by 10th of every month’

JAMMU: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA), Choudhary Zulfkar Ali, Tuesday said the consumers would get food-grains in the first 10 days of every month from March.
In this regard, the Minister issued strict instructions to the officers saying that the government cannot afford that its consumers face any hardship due to laxity on part of its employees or other concerned agency.
The Minister, while conveying this decision of the government during a review meeting, said that aim of the present dispensation is to ensure that the people get timely and adequate supply of food grains in a total hassle free and comfortable manner. “There is need of prompt procuring, lifting and distribution of essentials for larger interest of consumers”, he asserted.
The Minister asked the officers to initiate the process of lifting and dispatching of food-grains from February 15 with the completion of the process by the end of the month. He asked them to start the distribution process from March 1 and wind it up by March 10.
The Minister said that the government has initiated a number of reformatory steps to further streamline the FCS&CA mechanism making the department more vibrant and transparent.
Zulfkar Ali said that regular audit of every department is must to get a clear picture about the outcome achieved.
The Minister instructed the concerned to start SMS service to vigilance committees once the food grains are dispatched from the departmental stores. He also directed for conducting regular inspection of Fair Price Shops besides submitting detailed reports about the things found out during this visits. The Minister directed for constitution of a committee headed by Joint Directors, FCS&CA in both Jammu and Kashmir divisions to oversee departmental inspections for further submission of these details to the Ministry.