Governor NN Vohra today emphasized upon protection of consumer's rights in all spheres, including the right to food.
The Governor was speaking during a function organized in connection with National Consumer Day by Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) and Legal Metrology, at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium, here today.
Governor observed that the Food Department should 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 complimented Minister Zulfkar Ali and the FCS&CA Department for achieving 97 % digitization of the department and for completing the process of weeding out ineligible households from the lists of valid beneficiaries.
Governor observed that we need 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.
Appreciating the cultural presentations by the students of Government College for Women Gandhi Nagar, Government Medical College Jammu, and artists of the Samooh Theatre, Governor observed that in a welfare state like India, it is the responsibility of the J&K government to protect the rights of consumers.
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.
On the occasion, Governor released "Towards Digital Revolution" a publication of the department, its Annual Report and New Year Calendars of FCS&CA and Legal Metrology.