The State Administrative Council which met here today under the Chairmanship of Governor N N Vohra reviewed the implementation of National Food Security Act, 2013. Since all 22 districts have migrated to the national Public Distribution System portal of the Union Government, the SAC directed that CAPD Department should continue systematic efforts for achieving a high fidelity ration card database by ensuring total de-weeding and de-duplication of all bogus ration cards; this would result in saving a significant quantity of foodgrains which can be utilized by the State for distribution amongst the most deserving and deprived sections of the society.
SAC took note of the grievances about the scale of the ration under NFSA, raised by certain sections in some of the locations of the State. It directed Chief Secretary to analyze the problem and workout a mechanism so that adequate availability of ration at affordable prices can be ensured from the month of March 2016 onwards.
SAC took note that since advance dumping has already been done in most of the snow bound areas, therefore, adequate stocks are already available to meet the requirements of the ration card holders in these areas.
SAC also directed CAPD department to accelerate the efforts to fine-tune the supply chain management by deploying necessary hardware for end to end computerization so that e-enabled services like online issuance of ration card, grievance redressal and application for Fair Price Shop etc. become effectively operational by June, 2016.
SAC also directed time-bound installation of electronic weighing scales and point of sale devices (POS) in 6175 Fair Price Shops of the State, in the best interests of the rationees, to usher in an era of true transparency.(Agencies)