JAMMU: To ensure food and nutrition security, the government is going to include pulses in the Public Distribution System (PDS).
This was stated by Minister for Food, Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs and Tribal Affairs, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali during an officer’s meeting held here on Tuesday.
The minister also issued instructions to the concerned to “conduct a survey about requirement of onion in the state so that a comprehensive plan is prepared to cater to consumer’s requirement on this account”, an official handout read.
The minister, while discussing modalities for inclusion of pulses in the PDS, said that the government was working on a well-knit plan to procure pulses in the PDS of the state. He directed Directors, FCS&CA Jammu and Kashmir to take up the matter with the Central Department of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution and to submit a detailed report in this regard.
“It is a firm commitment of present dispensation to make Fair Price Shops as Multi Utility Centres by adding other items other than rice, wheat and sugar”, he asserted.
The minister also directed both the directors to conduct market survey and submit the report of requirement of onion in the state. He added that government is planning to monitor supply of onion in the state so that consumers should not face any problem.
“Keeping in view the expected 30% low crop productivity during Kharief season 2017-18 and in order to stabilise prices of onion, there is need to keep a check on the supply and prices of this commodity in the state,” he added.
Commissioner Secretary FCS&CA Mehrajud Din Khan, Director FCS&CA Jammu Rashid Azam Inqlabi, Director FCS&CA Kashmir Nissar Wani and other senior officers were present in the meeting.
The minister held a separate meeting to review tourism infrastructure development works in Rajouri district in general and Darhal Constituency in particular, the handout read.
The meeting had detailed deliberation on the decisions taken during the 6th board meeting of Rajouri Development Authority held with chief minister on July 9 this year.
The minister instructed officers of Rajouri Development Authority (RDA) to focus on the development of Budkhanari as base camp for the tourists visiting Shakermarg. He directed Deputy Commissioner Rajouri to review the land issues and settle the same at an earliest
The minister asked the RDA to construct TRC at Budkhanari, track to Shakermarg and other facilities for the tourists at Budkhanari on priority basis. He also directed to prepare the re-casted project of Tribal Cultural Centre at Rajouri by the end of this year, the handout added.