Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali has said that to bring transparency in ration distribution in the state, "public partaking" will be introduced and to achieve this goal Vigilance and Monitoring Committees will be constituted in all the districts.
The Minister said this while chairing a joint meeting of the officers of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs department and representatives of oil companies here today, an official statement said.
During the meeting, threadbare discussions were held on issues including Aadhar seeding with ration cards, implementation of Consumer Protection Act and functioning of Consumer Protection Councils, implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA), Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna (PMUY), stock and supply position, distribution of food grains, Vigilance Monitoring Committees, distribution of ration cards and installation of GPS in trucks carrying food grains.
The Minister directed all DCs to expedite the process of seeding Aadhar with the ration cards. He asked them to convene regular monthly meetings of Consumer Protection Councils in their respective districts.
"It is our prime duty to safeguard the interests of consumers and the focus has to be laid on their rights", he said adding that in future village level monitoring committees will also be constituted to keep check on pilferage in the distribution of ration.
Zulfkar discussed the implementation of NFSA with all the DCs and directed for freezing the number of beneficiaries as per the target given to them. While discussing the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna (PMUY), the Minister directed the DCs to actively involve the district administration to ensure identification of real beneficiaries.