Appreciate the department to make it more transparent and target-oriented
SRINAGAR: Union Food and Public Distribution Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey today held a meeting at the Srinagar Civil Secretariat to review the ongoing programs of the Ministry of Food and Civil Consumption (FCS & CA) and winter supply in Jammu & Kashmir.
The Union Food Secretary also reviewed the distribution of subsidized food grains to beneficiaries identified under Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY), the National Food Security Law (NFSA), various social protection programs launched by the central government and expressed satisfaction.
The Union Secretary, while appreciating the efforts of the department, asked officers to explore the possibility of starting a community kitchen for hospital attendants in Jammu and Kashmir in PPP mode. He asked them to entrust the work to credible NGOs or social organizations who would be invited to start a community kitchen.
At the outset, the Secretary-Commissioner of the Ministry of Food, Civilian Supplies and Consumption, Zubair Ahmad, made a detailed presentation of the status of the various social protection measures as well as the general functioning and progress of the ministry. . He said they are making unremitting efforts to make the system more credible and transparent for efficient service delivery.
The union secretary, while reviewing the progress made by the FCS & CA in various areas, appreciated their efforts to streamline the system and make it more transparent and target-oriented.
Emphasizing that there is a need for improved technological interventions to automate all distribution operations to ensure transparency and avoid any leakage / diversion in the PDS, he said that the Indian government is taking several initiatives in this regard. respect. He said an alert should be issued for repeated failed transactions in FPS stores in order to resolve the issues.
He also said all fair-priced stores in the JK should be color coded with an increase in the font size on billboards to make them more visible and obvious.
He also asked FCS & CA officers to explore the possibilities of building silo facilities in the two divisions as part of the ambitious country-wide program to increase food grain storage capacity.
The commissioner-secretary also asked the union secretary to authorize the ministry to
distribute food grains in one go during the winter months spanning six months to beneficiaries living in areas that remain inaccessible due to snowfall.
He pointed out that some areas of JK remain inaccessible due to adverse weather conditions and become extremely difficult for beneficiaries to visit FPS stores.
The Union Secretary also asked the FCS & CA to explore the possibility of building ethanol solvent extraction plants to produce 1st generation (1G) ethanol from raw materials such as grains. (rice, wheat, barley, corn and sorghum), sugar cane, sugar beet. achieve 20% blending by 2025 as well as meet the country’s ethanol production capacity needs,
To make better use of the FPS store infrastructure and agent time spent in stores, he asked agents to ensure availability of multiple products in stores.
The union secretary also asked the ministry to list any issues so that a mechanism can be put in place to resolve them immediately.
The Secretary-Commissioner, while briefing the Union Secretary on the department’s interventions, said the government is ensuring food security for the residents of Jammu and Kashmir by quickly and efficiently distributing food grains at highly subsidized prices and affordable thanks to a network of 6,736 stores at fair price. (FPS). He said there are approximately 25.40 Lake to JK ration card holders covering a total population of over 1 crore (NFSA & Non-NFSA).
Regarding the e-POS status, he informed that epos devices have been installed through JK in all 6736 points of sale and that the distribution process is fully automated. While giving details of the One Nation One Ration (ONORC) card, he said the program was launched in all JK districts in July 2020 and by the end of October 2021, 8,994 ONORC transactions had been completed. carried out, placing JK at the 8th position in the country. .
The commissioner-secretary also asked the secretary of the union to consider allocating an additional kilogram of subsidized sugar per month to people living in remote areas where the ministry has to go for the winter emptying.
Other people who attended the meeting included Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Director of Food, Civilian Supplies and Consumer Affairs of Kashmir, Managing Director, Food Corporation of India J&K, Account Director FCS & CA, Head of project, state project management unit, all deputy food directors, Kashmir Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Division.
Director of Finance, Department of Food, Civilian Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Director, Food, Civilian Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Jammu, Deputy Director (Planning) Department of Food, Civilian Supplies and Consumer Affairs , Sunil Koul, Scientist E, NIC J&K attended the meeting via videoconference.
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