Minister reviews progress of implementation of ePDS in JK
JAMMU: To review the progress of implementation of Electronic Public Distribution System (ePDS) in the state, Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali asked the officers of the department to work with proactive approach for successful implementation of ePDS in the state, an official press note read.
The minister was speaking in a meeting convened here on Wednesday. Speaking during a meeting, the minister said to make the system fully transparent, it was important that every aspect of ePDS was completed as soon as possible so that visible changes could be noticed on the ground.
According to the press note, the minister discussed district-wise target reports and asked directors of Jammu/Kashmir to ensure that the variation in the target report was reduced to zero for both Priority House Hold (PHH) and both Non Priority House Hold NPHH category, immediately.
He asked the officers to “place right beneficiary in right category” to avoid any disturbances during ration distribution.
While discussing the progress on ‘trial run’ of Supply Chain Management in the state, the minister said, “On December 1, 2017, Supply Chain Management will be made operational in the state,” adding that all the related work needed to be completed before its formal launching.
Regarding Aadhar seeding, Zulfkar sought district-wise report and asked for achieving the given targets in 20 days. “All the generated Aadhar should be seeded immediately as it has been made mandatory for receiving ration from March 31, 2018 onwards.
Taking note of slow progress of Aadhar seeding especially in Kashmir division, the minister fixed the targets for districts and asked the concerned to complete it within 15 days, the press note read.
To strengthen the monitoring system in the department by geo-tagging of its assets through Geographical Integration System (GIS), the minister sought district-wise details of capturing of GIS Information of Fair Price Shops.
While discussing the progress made on this important aspect of monitoring system, Zulfkar asked for completing the same within 2 days. Speaking about the installation of Point of Sales (PoS) machines on pilot basis in government food outlets, Fair Price Shops (FPS), the minister said that PoS installation would be launched on November 12 from district Samba.
For entering the details of the Vigilance Monitoring Committee on the portal, the minister directed the concerned to complete the task within 7 days. While lauding the efforts of assistant directors, who have shown good performance in capturing of GIS Information of Fair Price Shops and completing the task of Vigilance Monitoring Committee, the minister asked the commissioner secretary FCS&CA to award appreciation letters to the deserving officers, read the press note.
On the slow progress on distribution of ration cards to the beneficiaries especially in Jammu division, Zulfkar directed the concerned to distribute the same to the consumers immediately under all categories. He was informed that in Kashmir division, the work on distribution of ration cards had almost been completed.
All the assistant directors were directed to forward daily report of ration cards being distributed in their respective districts to the appointed nodal officers. Zulfkar also asked the nodal officers to ensure the distribution in a given time frame.
Regarding the establishment of call centre- cum-command and control room in the directorates, it was informed that both the directors have visited Hyderabad to check the existing system there and soon the work on the same would be initiated in the state, further read the press note.
In order to maintain the old records of the department especially of trade and store, the minister asked for digitalisation of records for future reference.
All the payments to State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) would be stopped till they installed GPRS on their vehicles carrying food grains and government order in this regard would soon be issued by the administrative department, added the note.
The minister also reviewed status of installation of bio-metric attendance system in all offices and stores of the department.
Speaking to the officers, the minister stressed on strict adherence of instructions issued in the meetings and said the decisions taken in the review meetings should be implemented in ‘letter and spirit’. He also emphasised on need for making collective efforts in improving the functioning of the department, further added the note.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary FCS&CA Mehraj-ud-din Khan, Director FCS&CA Kashmir Nasir Khan Wani, Director FCS&CA Jammu R A Inqalabi, Deputy Secretary Arun Kotwal, Joint Director FCS&CA Jammu, Deputy Directors, Assistant Directors of Jammu division and other senior officers of the department.