Discrepant CAPD database likely to delay implementation of NFSA

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Srinagar, December 18: There are some flaws in the data base compiled by the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department (CAPD) in Jammu and Kashmir and the previous Omar Abdullah led government is being held responsible for the same.

According to the news report by a local daily, the sources inside the civil secretariat have confirmed that it was the previous government’s decision to digitalize the consumer records of the CAPD department in 2012. The sources have also blamed that they get the data fed into the computer but failed to check their correctness.

And now when the present government is moving forward for implementation of the National Food Security Act(NFSA), these gross discrepancies in the database of CAPD have pose a serious hindrance in its timely implementation.

The sources said that these flaws came into limelight during a high level meeting of present government held on Thursday at the DC Office Srinagar when thousands of consumer records in the CAPD database appeared to be obsolete or erroneous.

As for instance, a picture of a Sikh man is being pasted against the name of a Muslim in the database. In a number of other shocking examples, a man has been shown as married to another man. The most common flaw in the database is that of wrong names, address and parentage. These gross mistakes in the CAPD database have been admitted by the director himself.

Pertinently, the CAPD Minister Chowdhary Mohammad Ramzan of NC government came up with the idea to computerize the records of the ration card holders in the state and project was handed over the Information Technology ministry which was headed by another NC leader Aga Ruhullah Mehdi. The project further leased out to some private companies and nobody took care of the transparency.

A CAPD official blamed that Ghat Munshis with dubious track record were assigned the task of getting the records fed who fudged the wrong records to meet their personal motives and thus records were deliberately digitized incorrectly.

Meanwhile, the state government is preparing to implement the NFSA in the state from February 1 next year where the database prepared by the previous regime will act as a backbone for future implementations. But the incorrect database has emerged as a major impediment in way of the implementation of the project, an official said.

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