SRINAGAR: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Choudhary Zulfkar Ali on Monday directed the concerned officers of the department to notify the dates on which the food grains would be distributed across the State to keep the consumers aware about the process.
The Minister said this while reviewing the functioning of FCS&CA, and Legal Metrology Department (LMD) of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts, here at Banquet Hall, noted an official statement issued here.
Speaking during the meeting, the minister said the motive of FCS&CA is to “serve its consumers in a better and a professional manner”. He said the notifying process would help in increasing transparency as everyone would be aware for when the food grains would be distributed in a particular area. Besides, the process would also “enable consumers to plan their work schedule” accordingly, the minister according to the statement said.
In district Srinagar, under National Food Security Act (NFSA) from April 2017 till date “76,599 quintals of rice were distributed, while under Mufti Mohammed Syed Food Entitlement Scheme (MMSFES) 15,413 quintals of rice were distributed during the same period”. For district Budgam “69,342 quintals of rice were distributed under NFSA from April 2017 till date, while under MMSFES 9,670 quintals of rice were distributed for the same time”, further that statement added that district Ganderbal, “28,484 quintals of rice were distributed under NFSA, while under MMSFES 3960 quintals were distributed from April this year till date”.
“Ensure that the consumers receive their allotted food grains before 15th of this month so that people do not face any shortage of food grains during the holy month of Ramadhan,” the minister said while directing the concerned for distribution of an additional one kg of sugar to consumers during the month of Ramadhan along with their allotted quantity.
During the meeting, Joint Commissioner, LMD informed that their department in the recent times “carried out various market checks during which various errant traders were also booked for malpractices”.
“Our checking squad ensures that uniform rates are maintained across the State,” he said while assuring the minister.
The Minister directed DC Srinagar and Director FCS&CA to ensure that all possible steps were taken to “completely stop malpractices” including profiteering, hoarding, and black marketing.