In a significant move aimed to help check pilferage of food-grains, government started process of installation of IP cameras in CAPD godowns.
The first such camera was today installed at CAPD warehouse, Jammu in presence of minister for CAPD, ChoudharyZulfkar Ali.
Interacting with the officers and mediapersons, the Minister said all CAPD stores and the fleet carrying food-grains would be equipped with IP cameras which would further be connected with the mobiles of the concerned Minister, Director CAPD and Assistant Directors in every district with dedicated broadband connections.
He said the technology-driven move will facilitate effective monitoring of movement and transportation of essential commodities and help plug pilferages.
"This endeavor would go a long way in ensuring adequate and timely supply of food-grains to consumers giving necessary and timely feedback about the quantity stored and dispatched from godowns to various parts of the state", he added.
The Minister said that the IP Cameras would be connected to a central hub which would be having the facilities of recording as well as maintaining the record for 15 to 20 days.
"Various initiatives have been taken by the Government of late to streamline the functioning of the CA&PD Department and these measures have started bearing the fruit," he maintained.
"The department also intends to launch point of sale machines in various sale outlets having a biometric system of finger print scan to ensure that the ration is provided to the targeted populace in a transparent manner averting any chance of pilferage", the Minister added.
The Minister said that the process of providing IP Cameras in Jammu City would be completed within the next week and other districts of the division would be covered within a month in order to cover the whole province under the new monitoring network.
While congratulating Director CAPD Jammu for initiating several innovative reforms in the department, the Minister said that it has become possible due to the dedicated efforts of the director and his team that the department is installing hi-tech IP cameras in different stores.
He expressed the hope that the officers would continue their sincere services for further streamlining the working of the department.
The Minister said that Jammu and Kashmir is among the few states having put in place such a high–tech tracking system.
He said: "Our next step would be to install GPRS enabling monitoring system in trucks carrying food-grain which will provide information on real-time basis about the fleet movement."
Director CA&PD Director Jammu, Deputy Directors of various wings of the department besides Assistant Directors were present on the occasion, an official statement said.