JAMMU, MARCH 29 – To review the implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) in the state, Advisor to Governor, Mr Parvez Dewan convened a review meeting of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department (CAPD).
The Secretary CAPD, Mr Sourabh Bhagat was also present in the meeting.
The Advisor directed the Secretary to initiate measures for the provision of supply of Atta in urban areas of the State specified in the Urban Development Act for the month of April, 2016.
The Advisor was informed that the off-take of foodgrains in all 12 districts of Valley was recorded upto 95% for the month of February this year while as in Jammu division it was almost 50% during the same period.
Reviewing the reasons behind low off-take in Jammu division, the Advisor was informed that the reason was attributed to the supply of wheat instead of Atta especially in urban areas of the division.
Advisor was also informed that in current month four districts of Kashmir division viz, Srinagar, Baramulla, Leh and Kargil migrated to NFSA with a result off-take in these four districts started picking up somewhat late while as in other eight districts, the position is very satisfactory such as Ganderbal 85.10%, Bandipora 86.47%, Kulgam 70.44%, Shopian 79.58%, Kupwara 60.57%, Pulwama 59.01 %, Anantnag 47.07% and Budgam 42.19%. In Jammu division some rationees have expressed preference for Atta over wheat. However, the off-take has shown an upward trend and has as on date reached 57%.
Reviewing the complaints from general public regarding incorrect names/number of rationees and wrong categorization, the Advisor was informed that one month long drive has been initiated and all the filed functionaries have been asked to address the genuine grievances. It was also informed that a government order has been issued wherein verification of such complaints will be personally monitored by the field officers of CA&PD Department.
It has been also impressed upon all the field functionaries to ensure cancellation of bogus ration cards.