‘Sugar subsidy to continue for 74.13 lakh people’
SRINAGAR: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Information Department Zulfkar Ali Tuesday said the J&K Government would continue to provide sugar subsidy to the people of the state falling under Priority Household (PHH) category although the same has been discontinued by the Centre.
Speaking with Consumer Council members during a review meeting, the minister said that the Central Government discontinued the sugar subsidy from April this year. However, J&K through a Cabinet decision has decided to continue providing sugar subsidy to 74.13 lakh people falling under Priority Household (PHH) category.
The minister said that the decision would put an extra burden of Rs 100 crore per annum on the state exchequer, read an official press note issued here.
Presently sugar is sold at Rs 47 per kg in the market. However, with state subsidy, the consumers falling under PHH category would get sugar at Rs 25 per kg from government fair price shops and outlets, the minister according to the note said.
He said, “Providing justice to consumers and strengthening Consumer Forums is the top priority of the government for which various steps are being taken.”
Seeking updates about various cases pending with consumer forums, Choudhary Zulfkar said the cases should be categorized and should be disposed off in a time bound manner.
“Organize state level conferences and workshops to make people aware about their rights and the redressal mechanism laid down by the government,” Zulfkar directed the concerned. He said in order to make the consumer forums more effective “it is important to sensitize its members”.
“Follow the proposed amendment in the consumer protection act as well as initiate the proposal for amendments in existing rules and formulation of the regulations for the smooth functioning of the forums,” he added.
Assuring complete support, he asserted that government is keen to strengthen the consumer forums and for this necessary recruitment would be shortly carried out.