3 lakh LPG connections provided to BPL women
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir under National Food Security Act has digitised entire data of its population, besides providing three lakh LPG connections to women living below the Poverty Line.
This was stated by Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali on Tuesday while seaking at a function at Convention Centre Jammu, Organized in connection with the World Consumer Rights Day.
He said that consumer rights would be protected by bringing transparency in the system. He said an institutionalized mechanism is being put in place to ensure protection of consumer rights.
About this year’s theme for World Consumer Rights Day, Minister said that ‘Building a Digital World Consumers can Trust’ is the need of the hour of present era.
He said Jammu & Kashmir Government has digitized data which is bringing new revolution in the working of system. He said that his Department has 100 percent digitized data and now the Department is heading towards installation of Point of Sale Machines. He said that electronic Public Distribution will bring total transparency and accountability in the system. He informed that nearly 3 Lakh gas connections have been provided to the women living below the Poverty Line.
“Under the NFSA we have digitized the entire data of 12542000 population of the state to provide an easy access to the consumers to obtain their e-ration tickets,” he said.
About the J&K Governments thrust on safeguarding Consumer rights, Minister said that 3109 cases were booked and 3049 compounded and a fine to the tune of Rs 3771850 was realized from defaulters in Jammu Province during 2016. Similarly they booked 1997 erring traders in Kashmir and a penal sum of Rs 1630400 was slapped on the defaulters in Valley. He added that the department booked some MNCs for violating the norms of labeling while some were booked for carrying smudged MRP’s on the labels. He added that some MNCs were booked for charging more than MRP and also for indulging in over-charging on text- books and stationery items.
Speaking on the occasion, GoI Secretary for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Hem Pandey said that Government of India was providing all possible help to Jammu and Kashmir. He said that Central Government has given 25% increase to the funds for the Jammu and Kashmir. He informed that new Act is on anvil which would further streamline the food distribution in the country.
Later Minister of State for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Ajay Nanda presented vote of thanks.