To ensure consumer convenience, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution department (CAPD) is planning to give facelift to its 1284 ration depots across the Valley.
With a focus on consumer comfort, a new bar-coded ration book will soon replace the existing ration card.
This information was shared by A R War, Director CAPD with Greater Kashmir.
"We intend to introduce steel tubs at ration depots for storing rice, sugar and atta while being distributed to the consumers. This will help cut down wastage and increase hygiene," War said.
War said in order to ensure that correct quantity of food material is being disbursed, electronic weighing machines will be installed at all ration depots by next year.
"We also have plans to install information boards at all ration depots which would show the price list," War said.
With an aim to receive consumer feedback, CAPD will also install suggestion and complaint boxes at the ration depots. "The present ration books provided to the consumers by the department are also set for a changeover as the new ration books are larger and improved version of the current ration card," War said.
"The new ration book will have a bar code that will be helpful in case of its loss," War said.
According to War, the ShaheedGunj warehouse that was destroyed during the floods last year is in the process of being renovated.
Commenting on the need to revise the database of ration card holders, War said the digitization process kick-started in 2012 is being done on a war footing now.