Jammu and Kashmir Government is going to include pulses in the public distribution system to ensure nutritious food for the consumers, Food Minister Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali today said.
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.
The minister, according to an official spokesperson, while discussing modalities for inclusion of pulses in the PDS, said that the government is 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 submit 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 said that government is planning to monitor supply of onion in the state so that consumers should not face any problem. He added that keeping in view expected 30 percent low crop productivity during Kharief season 2017-18 and in order to stabilize prices of onion, there is need to keep check on the supply and prices of this commodity in the state.