JAMMU: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs and Information, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali on Tuesday inspected Fair Price Shops (FPSs) across Jammu city and assessed the quality of food grains provided to the consumers.
According to an official press note issued here, the minister along with a high level team of officers of the department, inspected ration depots in Ustad Mohalla, Bakshi Nagar, Bhagwati Nagar, Talab Tillo, New Plots and parts of old city.
While checking the stock and supply in each shop, the minister asked the ration dealers to lift and distribute the food grains in time to avoid inconvenience to rationees. He said that instructions have been issued to the department to ensure advance allocation and lifting of the food grains is done, adding any laxity in this regard would not be tolerated.
He said that government is working on a plan to open new 4388 FPSs in the state, out of which 547 will be opened in Jammu district alone. “The new FPSs will be opened within a distance of 2 kilometers with maximum number of 250 households. This will help in hassle free and timely distribution of ration, “he said.
He according to the press note informed that the government is spending Rs 735 crore annually on providing food grains to the people of the state, and the major beneficiaries are poor and under privileged section of the society. He said the department is on job to distribute new ration cards and complete Aadhaar seeding of rationees, which will help to remove duplicity and enforce transparency. From Tuesday the department has started camps across the state for Aadhaar seeding which would continue till July 27, the press note added.
Zulfkar directed to constitute a dedicated squad comprising officers from Legal Metrology and FCS&CA department to ensure that no unfair trade practices were carried out in FPSs.
The minister suspended an inspector of FCS&CA department posted in Bakshi Nagar area for his failure to look into the complaints of consumers about depot dealers charging Rs 10 from consumers on the name of carriage expenses.
He took a strong note of the complaints of the consumers and informed them that the carriage charges were borne by the department and they did not have to pay extra Rs 10 to the dealer.
He ordered immediate suspension of the concerned inspector and asked the Director FCS&CA to initiate inquiry against the official.
Director FCS&CA, R.A Inqlabi, Deputy Controller Legal Metrology, Manoj Prabhakar, AD Trade & Store besides other concerned officers accompanied the minister.