Gram Sabhas for BPL & APL Ration Cards

KATHUA, MAY 16-District Administration, Kathua, is organizing Gram Sabhas in 244 Panchayats and urban wards of municipal councils and committees of towns from May 19 to May 23, 2015 across the district to verify the existing BPL Ration Cards and inclusion of BPL & APL families for distribution of ration as per 2011 census instead of existing 2001 census. This will be a major relief for more than 25,000 uncovered families.

Deputy Commissioner, Kathua, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary chaired a meeting of Tehsildars, BDOs, Executive Officers and TSOs for finalising arrangements for holding Gram Sabhas for verification and inclusion of families in the BPL list and making new ration cards in respect of uncovered areas.  Addl DDC Dr Manmohan Singh, Addl DC Dr Mushtaq Ahmed, AC Anshul Garg, AC Revenue Atul Gupta, DIO Indu Jamwal, DIO-NIC Sideshwar Bhagat, AD CAPD T B Singh and officers of various departments attended the meeting.

Gram Sabhas will be covering around 30-40 Panchayats per day across 19 CD blocks and around 20 wards of municipal committees. More than 30,000 families will be verified and added during the gram sabhas and municipal ward sabhas over a period of one week followed by release of ration as per 2011 Census. On May 19, 84 Panchayats will be covered followed by 54, 52, 29 and 19 on May 20, 21, 22 and May 23.

The DDC called for wide publicity of gram sabha schedule for greater public participation and ensuring transparency in verification BPL APL ration cards and inclusion of additional families as per 2011 Census to ensure that every family is provided ration as per economic status under targeted public distribution. He called upon CAPD officials to make separate list of left over nomadic families and verification of existing nomadic list.

It was apprised that Tehsildars, BDOs, TSO and CDPOs will coordinate the Gram Sabha while in Urban Areas the EOs of ULBs will be nodal officers. Ration Depot wise list of APL BPL and AAY will be displayed at respective Panchayat Ghars where lists will be read out and objections taken on record. Uncovered families will be covered as per resolution of Gram Panchayat. List of Gram Panchayats, Nodal Officers along with dates of Gram Sabhas are being publicized through print and electronic media.

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