JAMMU: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) and Tribal Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali on Wednesday reiterated directions for providing “adequate and timely supply of ration to Kashmiri migrants” in a fair and transparent manner, an official handout read.
The minister said this while chairing a meeting of officers of FCS&CA department and Relief Organisation held to review stock and supply position of food grains and sugar in Kashmiri migrant camps. Deputy Commissioner Relief Organisation (Migrants), Kuldeep Krishan Sidha, Controller Legal Metrology Raj Kumar Katoch, Deputy Controller Legal Metrology Manoj Prabhakar, Assistant Directors of FCS&CA department besides other senior officers of Relief Organisation and FCS&CA attended the meeting.
The minister was briefed about the status of present quota of ration available with the department for 16,439 migrant souls living in Purkhoo, Muthi, Nagrota and Jagti camps. He directed the concerned officers to “timely distribute ration including sugar among the migrant families and ensure quality control” in procurement and distribution of food grains. “Strictly adhere to time schedule to avoid delays in ration distribution”, he asked the officers.
Taking serious notice of delay in distribution of ration particularly sugar in various migrant camps, the minister directed to hold an enquiry in that regard.
Zulfkar asked the officers to start the process of preparing new ration cards for Kashmiri migrants under relief and non-relief categories for their convenience besides issuing ration slips quarterly instead of yearly basis. He directed the officers of Relief organisation and FCS&CA department for quarterly reconciliation of food grains for proper monitoring of food supply.
Zulfkar emphasised for close coordination and collective efforts between various departments to streamline public distribution system (PDS) among migrants. He asked the officers to “monitor the distribution of food grains among the migrants and submit the physical report in detail to the administrative department on monthly basis”. The minister said, “Various initiatives have been taken by the government to bring transparency and accountability in the functioning of all departments.” Linking of ration cards with Aadhaar is a step in the same direction, he added.
The minister said FCS&CA department is working hard to complete digitisation process expeditiously to curb black marketing and make public distribution system more transparent and accountable in the state. He directed for installation of PoS machines at ration depots in Jagti camp, the handout further read.
Zulfkar directed Deputy Commissioner Relief for preparing a detailed project report for opening of fair price shops, government ration depots in transit camps in Kashmir at Vessu Qazigund, Mattan Anantnag, Hawal Pulwama, Veervan Baramulla, Natnusa Kupwara for smooth distribution of ration supply among the consumers, the handout added.