STATE TIMES NEWSSRINAGAR/JAMMU: Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Department on Tuesday expedited home delivery of rations to the rationees across the Union Territory following the lockdown due to outbreak of pandemic COVID-19. Director FCS&CA Kashmir, Bashir Ahmad Khan has said that the department has completed home delivery of 56133 Metric tonnes of rice and 2700 metric tonnes of wheat among more than 14 lakh ration card holders in Kashmir division. He said that the distribution process of wheat and rice for the months of April and May was started in all the districts of Kashmir division in accordance with a proper roadmap formulated with all the Deputy Commissioners and the department. He said that a total of 70769 Metric tonnes of rice would be distributed among the card holds and the entire exercise will be completed in coming few days. Regarding wheat he said that 100 per cent target has been achieved for home delivery of entire allocated stock of 2700 Mts. Under Prime Minister’s Gareeb Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY), the Director said the department will provide 5 kgs free of cost ration to every IAY and PHH beneficiary for the months of April, May and June at their doorsteps. He said that the department has ample stock of food grains in place which includes 61592 Metric tonnes of rice and 2222 Metric tonnes of wheat. He said that in case the lockdown prolongs, the department has sufficient stocks to meet the requirement of consumers for next two months. Likewise, petroleum products including cooking gas and other oil products are also sufficient and home delivery of cooking gas is also being carried on routine basis, he added. The Director said that to curb overpricing and food adulteration market squads are on job in every district and in Srinagar alone two squads in north and south zones work regularly. Director, FCS&CA Jatinder Singh said that officials of the department, fair price Shop dealers, labourers and others workers are working 24X7 to ensure 100 percent distribution of ration among all the households of Jammu during the period of lockdown. He said that dedicated Disaster Management Cells/Emergency Response Cell of FCS&CA, Jammu have been constituted at Directorate level and also at all Districts of Jammu Division by the concerned Assistants Directors with mobile numbers of Officers/ officials shared for any assistance related to make availability of food grains round the clock. Till date the helpline numbers have received about 1120 calls in the Directorate and the District level cells. The Director said that distribution of advance two months ration for the month of April and May, 2020 has been started on war footing basis so that every beneficiary will get the ration within a stipulated time frame. He said that till Monday 27.9% distribution of ration among the beneficiaries has been completed within a short span of six days across all the districts of Jammu division. Furthermore, 1500 Qtls. of Rice and 1500 Qtls. of Atta has been kept at the disposal of Red Cross Society, Jammu for distribution through a committee constituted by Deputy Commissioner, Jammu on the directions of Divisional Commissioner, Jammu to the poor and stranded labours/daily wagers free of cost, the Director said. Regarding the precautions taken to block the spread of COVID-19, the director said that the department has procured masks and hand sanitizers for further distribution among the various Government Departments/Corporations. He said that food grains in respect of MDM are being distributed continuously without any delay through TSO’s, Storekeepers, FPS dealers. In respect of ICDS supplies of food grains (Rice), the allocation has been distributed to various Assistant Directors of Jammu Division in consultation with Programme Officers, ICDS of their respective districts. He said that the food grains have been kept at the disposal of TSO of respective districts for further disbursement to the Angarwadi centres through Government Sale depots and fair price shops. The Director said that the market checking is a continuous process and the same has been expedited during the lockdown period. “As on date Rs 10,99,520 has been realised from the defaulters/violators. The essential supplies like petroleum, HSD, LPG, fruits, Vegetables etc. are being closely monitored viz-a-viz their availability in the market. The directions have already been issued to the concerned for ensuring the availability of sufficient supplies of essential commodities so the general masses do not suffer due to outbreak of COVID-19,” he said. He said that dedicated officers of the rank of Assistant Director have been nominated to coordinate and take daily report from the ware houses, retailers associations, Pharmaceutical Associations, fruit and vegetables Associations, Transporters, Milk and Milk products Association, LPG and Petroleum products companies so that the supplies are maintained and provide to the end users without any problem. A joint group of officers of SRTC and FCS&CA department has been constituted to redress the issues of trucks/ transportation of the Food grains to the rationees, he added.
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