JAMMU, OCTOBER 09 – Minster for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali today exhorted upon the officers and officials of the Department to understand their role in serving the people and make sure that a total accountable and transparent distribution system is extended to the consumers.
The Minister said this while chairing a meeting of officers from both Jammu and Kashmir Division here today.
Secretary FCS&CA Shafiq Ahmed Raina, Director FCS&CA, Jammu G S Chib, Director FCS&CA Kashmir Tasaduq Jeelani and Additional Advocate General Seema Shekhar were present in the meeting.
During the meeting, implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) and Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Food Entitlement Scheme (MMSFES) in both the divisions was discussed separately. Elaborate discussion was made on various issues including release of commission charges as provided under NFSA to fair price shop dealers, fixation of carriage charges in all the districts, manpower requirement in the district offices, details of decayed food grains, district wise storage capacity, issues related to NIC and installation of computers in all the offices.
While reviewing the implementation of NFSA, the Minister directed all Assistant Directors to freeze the data by October 20 in any case so that the process of shifting to online system would be expedited. He also asked them to acquaint themselves with the provisions and rules of NFSA for better results.
The Minister was apprised of the stock supply status in both the divisions and preparations made for lifting and stocking of ration for winters especially for hilly areas.
Speaking on the issue of decayed food grains, the Minister directed to constitute a committee to be headed by Director FCS&CA which will compile the report and further dispose of the decayed food grains.
Zulfkar directed the ADs to get the carriage charges be fixed by the Deputy Commissioners of all the districts.
While discussing the issue of installing computers at all district offices, it was informed to the Minister that in Jammu division, installation work has almost been finished and soon the computers and other machinery required for online working of the offices will be installed. Zulfkar directed the representatives of company engaged for providing computers to complete the task by October 20.
The Minister asked the officers to refer all the vacant posts lying with the department to the recruiting agencies so that the field functionaries will ensure a foolproof Public Distribution System (PDS) in place for fulfilling the ambitious endeavor of the government to benefit the consumers of the state.