Get benefits from One Nation-One Ration Card scheme: Pandey to J&K citizens

Get benefits from One Nation-One Ration Card scheme: Pandey to J&K citizens

Jammu: Union Secretary Food and Public Distribution Department, Sudhanshu Pandey on Saturday said that India’s handling of food security during Covid crisis has been globally acknowledged and applauded at several international fora, including the World Trade Organisation, United Nations World Food Programme and a Ministers’ Meeting at international level.
“In addition to serving its own people, the Government also helped people from other nations during these crises,” Pandey said during his two day visit to Jammu and Kashmir for reviewing the working of Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department in the region.
In a meeting here at the Civil Secretariat, a detailed presentation was made by Commissioner Secretary FCS&CA, Zubair Ahmad to present the efforts of the department in making PDS in J&K transparent, credible and dependable, where the Secretary was informed that e-POS machines have been installed at all 6735 sale outlets in J&K, 100 percent Aadhar seeding has been achieved at all levels in PDS and Aadhar drawn transactions have crossed 91.
He was apprised that J&K stands 9th in India in terms of number of transactions made so far under One Nation One Ration Card scheme. He was apprised also that an MoU has also been signed with CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd, to leverage ePoS devices to deliver CSC services. 2633 outlets have been provided IDs and 769 of these are already active.
Similarly, in J&K alone, the Government is disbursing food grains worth Rs 5000 crore and spending Rs 4000 crore as food subsidy under PMGKY and NFSA ration supplies, he added.
He lauded the One Nation One Ration Card scheme and said that due to it, migratory workers, seasonal labour among all other citizens are able to get ration at any place in the country.
He advised the officers to collaborate with the Labour Department to conduct ground surveys to encourage workers and labourers to take benefit of the scheme and collect ration from dealerships of their choice and convenience.
Sudhanshu Pandey instructed the officers to encourage local procurement of food grains.
He suggested that the department should promote procuring food grains from local farmers through Food Corporation of India for further distribution. It would empower the farmers and reduce the cost of transportation and distribution thereby benefiting the community, he surmised.
He informed the officers about the green fuel mission of India. He elaborated the department’s role in green fuel mission.
He appreciated the J&K Food and Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department for achieving 100 percent Aadhar seeding, over 91 percent Aadhar authenticated transactions and other milestones within short time.
He also appreciated the department for promoting the use ofPDS data base for Ayushman Bharat verification in J&K.
The Secretary was informed about WhatsApp helpline numbers, 9055224552 for Jammu and 9419600009 for Kashmir, introduced by the Department. More than 1 million bogus and duplicate beneficiaries have been removed from the records, it was informed.
Earlier, Pandey visited several Fair Price Shops at Katra and Jammu and inspected their setup and facilities. He interacted with locals and took their feedback.
The Secretary also inspected the New Food Store at Nagrota and suggested measures for modern management and development of the facility.
Highlighting the need to dispel doubts regarding fortified food grains, the Secretary directed the officers to organise awareness campaigns. The grains have been fortified to provide essential nutrients to the consumers and the same message must be delivered effectively, he underlined.
Elaborating the Government’s achievements, the Secretary said, ‘The Union Government is spending large amount of money to ensure food security of the public. Beating global trends of food inflation, the Government dispensed food subsidies worth Rs 5,62,000 crore last year’.
UNI

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