Jammu, Aug 21: The State Government has decided to provide ration under Public Distribution System to 6.70 lakh more families in J&K from September which would put an additional burden of Rs 227.82 crore on the state exchequer. The families were uncovered till now.
Talking to reporters here today, Minister for CAPD, ChoudharyZulfiqar Ali said that presently the government is providing ration to 99.47 lakh population as per the Census 2000.
He said a survey has revealed that the state's population has reached to 136 lakh. "As per the 2011 Census, the population of the state was projected at 125 lakh. However, the 'authenticated lists' provided by the Deputy Commissioners, which have been formulated on the basis of the report of a committee constituted vide Government order number 33-CAPD of 2015 dated 16.04.2015, it has been put at 136 lakh," he informed .
"Till date the ration is being provided to 18.02 lakh families, while the fresh survey has put the total number of families at 24.72 lakh, which means there are 6.70 lakh uncovered families", the Minister told reporters.
He said the total requirement of food grains in the state was 7.56 lakh MT in 2000 but with addition of 6.70 lakh families, there will be additional requirement of 2.81 lakh MT taking the total requirement of food grains to 10.37 lakh MT.
He said the procurement cost of food grain would increase from Rs 474 Crore to Rs. 647.32 Crore, which means there will be an additional financial requirement of Rs 173.32 Cr, besides handling and transport charges.
"The additional financial burden for providing the ration to the uncovered families will be borne by J&K Government", Zulfkar said, adding that there will be additional requirement of Rs. 54.50 Crore on account of handing and transport charges taking the total requirement of funds to Rs 701.82 Crore.
The Minister said that the funds required for the purpose will be met out under State Plan.
The ration shall be distributed under the close supervision of Director CA&PD Kashmir and Jammu and necessary instructions in this regard have already been issued to both the Directors for effective implementation, he added.
"To ensure proper monitoring at grassroots level, the vigilance and monitoring committees have been constituted to monitor the movement of food grains sale, stocks and distribution of public distribution supply" the Minister said.
He said that the Deputy Commissioners have also been asked to closely monitor the distribution of the ration in their respective districts.
Director CAPD Jammu G. S. Chib, Joint Director Information Jammu Nagendra Singh Jamwal, Deputy Director CAPD Supplies AtamDev Singh, Deputy Director F&R ArunKotwal, Chief Accounts Officer IftikarHussain, other senior officers of CAPD were present during the press conference.
Earlier, the Minister also convened a meeting with representatives of Flour Mills of Jammu Region and listened to their issues related to procurement of Atta for Public Distribution. The Minister asked the Flour Mill owners to adhere to the norms set by the department regarding the quality and quantity of the Atta being supplied by them. He also assured the Mill owners that the issues raised by them will be given due consideration.