CAPD Readies for Biometric System at Fair Price Shops, Ration Ghats

Muhammad Raafi
SRINAGAR

Minister for Consumer Affiars and Public Distribution, Chaudhar Zulfikar addressing a press conference in Srinagar. (KL IMAGE)
Minister for Consumer Affiars and Public Distribution, Chaudhar Zulfikar addressing a press conference in Srinagar. (KL IMAGE)

Minister for Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution Zulfikar Ali Friday said the government will introduce the biometric system at all the Ration Ghats and fair Price Shops to bring transparency in the public distribution system.

He said the government is committed to redress the concerns of the people regarding NFSA and hence the state Government launched “Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Food Entitlement Scheme” (MMSFES) that will enhance ration per head from 5 kg to 10 kg.

The distribution of ration under MMSFES will be proportional to number of members in a family.

Addressing a press conference here, Zulfikar said under MMSFES consumer will get Wheat at Rs 12, Atta at Rs 13 and Rice at Rs 15. “A family of three will get 15 kgs of ration under MMSFES and as the number of family member increases, the ration supply will decrease.”

The Minister said that government is committed to provide quality and standard food grains to the consumers and stressed upon the officers to ensure proper monitoring and check on the quality of food grains besides strict vigil on the Fair Price Shops (FPS) to ensure no over pricing takes place in the market.

He also asked Deputy Commissioners to create a mechanism for early redressal of the grievances of the people regarding ration shortage. “Instruct officers at Tehsil level to give patient hearing to public grievances and ensure timely disposal of complaints besides keeping record of all the complaints,” he told the officers at a meeting ahead of the presser.

While reviewing the functioning of CAPD department, Minister was informed that 81436 MTs of rice, 15937 MTs of wheat and 471 MTs of sugar is stocked till date.

The minister was informed that 3.3 lakh LPG cylinders are also kept in stock in the valley at present which is sufficient for 25 days.

The minister was informed that the department received 411 complaints through CM Grievance Cell out of which 398 complaints have been disposed off.

They further stated that 857 complaints were also received through departmental grievances cell out of which 853 complaints stand disposed of till date. Minister was also informed that the department penalized 867 defaulters in the month of April while Rs 128000 were recovered as fine from them.

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