JAMMU: The state government on Tuesday said that it is verifying reliability of the ration cards before they being issued.
Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Choudhary Zulfkar Ali Tuesday informed the Upper House that the concerned functionaries have been directed to expedite the fidelity check to ensure early distribution of ration cards.
Replying to a question by Ashok Khajuria, that 8,58817 new ration cards have been issued under the ambit of National Food Security Act (NFSA) have been issued in the state so far.
He also said that government has not enhanced rates of ration for AAY, BPL and PHH categories as they will continue to get rice and Atta at Rs 3 per Kilogram.
However rates have been enhanced for Non Priority Household (NPHH) category from Rs 10 to Rs 15 for Rice and Rs 8 to Rs 13 for Atta with effect from October 2016. He however, said that the rate of sugar has not been enhanced.
Responding to the supplementaries by Legislators Khursheed Alam and Jugal Kishore, Minister said that rates were enhanced to mitigate the deficit faced by the department while procuring the food-grains.
He said at present 7000 food-grain shops are functioning in the state adding that more Fair Price Shops would be set up for convenience of the consumers in the state.
The Minister said that three months advance ration is being stocked in all areas of the state so that the consumers would not face any difficulty while getting their ration quota at their sale depots. He said the shortage of food grains in some areas of Reasi district would be looked into on priority.