Asking the Food Department to ensure time bound Aadhar linkage of all ration cards and rationalization of the scale of rations for the beneficiaries living in the remote and difficult areas of the state, Governor NN Vohra today said that protection of consumer rights, including the right to food, must be given vital importance and sustained attention.
He said that every problem faced by the consumers must be resolved on immediate basis.
Vohra was speaking during a function held to celebrate the 'National Consumer Day" organized by the Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs and Legal Metrology, at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium, here today, according to an official spokesperson.
Governor, according the spokesperson, complimented Food Minister Zulfkar Ali and the Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs for achieving 97 percent digitization of the department and for "completing the process of weeding out ineligible households from the lists of valid beneficiaries".
Governor observed that government needs to move towards a surveillance system which enables increasing involvement of the people in monitoring the Public Distribution System. He stressed the need to ensure transparency and accountability at all levels to ensure efficiency and problem free delivery of services to the 1.19 crore beneficiaries in the State, particularly those below the Poverty Line.
Minister Choudhary Zulfkar Ali, in his address, highlighted the series of initiatives taken by his Department for promoting people's welfare and exhorted the people of the State to make full use of the law and aggressively assert their consumer rights.
Governor also released "Towards Digital Revolution" a publication of the Department, its Annual Report and New Year Calendars of FCS&CA and Legal Metrology.