Acting in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to the poor, the Jammu and Kashmir government has taken a major role in ensuring food security for the residents of the Union Territory, apart from timely availability, efficient supply chain management and streamlining the distribution of food grains. taking steps. 100% Aadhaar seeding of beneficiaries under various schemes.
The Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha made these remarks during a meeting he chaired at the Civil Secretariat here to review the Public Distribution System in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
During the meeting, the Lt Governor took stock of the performance and future targets of the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) under the Public Distribution System.
It was observed that the J&K Government is reaching out to one crore people with ration through a network of 6738 ration shops covering 25.73 lakh ration card holders including both NFSA and non-NFSA beneficiaries. In addition, the department operates the distribution process through an online public distribution system.
Emphasizing on streamlining the distribution chain, besides rationalizing the availability of quality food grains at subsidized and affordable prices, the Lt Governor directed the concerned officers to bring reforms at the policy planning stage to make the system more robust.
The Lt Governor directed the officers to make all the schemes available online, fully automate the distribution process, authentication of beneficiaries and public grievances for the convenience of the people, apart from paying special attention.
He further passed instructions regarding dumping in winter and making it available to the beneficiaries in advance.
Emphasizing the need to be proactive towards public issues in the wake of the COVID pandemic, the Lt Governor directed the department to ensure uninterrupted distribution of additional free food grains under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY). So that the difficulties of the poor and needy can be removed.
Earlier, Commissioner/Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, Shri. Zubair Ahmed informed the meeting that more than 95% ration cards have been linked with Aadhaar for NFSA beneficiaries. Along with this, ration distribution is being done exclusively through POS machines.
He briefed the Chairman about the overall operation of PDS in the Union Territory; Coverage of ration cards in J&K till date; EPOS status; Progress achieved under One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC), in addition to the status of subsidized sugar to AAY households; use of web based portals; Status of end-to-end computerization and formation of consumer dispute redressal forums.
During the month of May this year, more than one lakh metric tonnes of allocation was informed under various schemes like NFSA, PMGKAY, Non-NFSA and JKFES.
The Lt Governor observed that ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ is part of Prime Minister’s technology driven system reforms under Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, which has empowered the poor and needy. This is one of the game changer initiatives that provides flexibility and seamless access to PDS to all beneficiaries and provides food-security entitlements to all beneficiaries, anywhere in the country. A perfect example of integrating technology with the government process and making optimum use of it for the benefit of the poor, he said.
The Lt Governor also stressed on ensuring uninterrupted availability of food grains to consumers, while identifying priority assessments, moving maximum EPOS machines to online mode, introduction of enrollment policy to cover disadvantaged claimants, coverage of vulnerable groups, soil Streamlining the distribution of oil, tracking supply chain management, formulation of NFSA rules, Aadhaar seeding of non-NFSA etc.
He said that apart from keeping a close watch on black marketing and illegal profiteering, the enforcement activities of the Legal Metrology Department should also be increased.
Farooq Khan, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor; Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor, Nitish Kumar; Abdul Salam Mir, Director Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Kashmir, and other senior officials attended the meeting