*Reviews progress on implementation of ePDS
JAMMU, Nov 8: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Tribal Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali today asked the officers of the department to work with proactive approach for successful implementation of Electronic Public Distribution System (ePDS) in the State.
Speaking during the meeting convened to review the progress of implementation of ePDS in the State, the Minister said that to make the system fully transparent, it is important that every aspect of ePDS should be completed as soon as possible so that visible changes can be noticed on the ground.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary FCS&CA Mehraj-ud-din Khan, Director FCS&CA Kashmir Nasir Khan Wani, Director FCS&CA Jammu R A Inqalabi, Deputy Secretary Arun Kotwal, Joint Director FCS&CA Jammu, Deputy Directors, Assistant Directors of Jammu division and other senior officers of the department.
The Minister discussed district wise target reports and asked Directors to ensure that the variation in the target report is reduced to zero for both PHH and NPHH category immediately. He asked the officers to place right beneficiary in right category to avoid any disturbances during ration distribution.
While discussing the progress on trial run of Supply Chain Management in the State, the Minister said that on December 1, 2017, Supply Chain Management will be made operational in the State, adding that all the related work needs to be completed before its formal launching.
Regarding Aadhar seeding, Zulfkar sought district wise report and asked for achieving the given targets in 20 days. All the generated Aadhar should be seeded immediately as it has been made mandatory for receiving ration by March 31, 2018 onwards. Taking note of slow progress of Aadhar seeding especially in Kashmir division, the Minister fixed the targets for districts and asked the concerned to complete it within 15 days.
To strengthen the monitoring system in the department by geo-tagging of its assets through Geographical Integration System (GIS), the Minister sought the district wise details of capturing of GIS Information of Fair Price Shops. While discussing the progress made on this important aspect of monitoring system, Zulfkar asked for completing the same within 2 days.
Speaking about the installation of Point of Sales (PoS) machines on pilot basis in Government food outlets and Fair Price Shops (FPS), the Minister said that PoS installation will be launched on November 12 from district Samba.
On the slow progress on distribution of ration cards to the beneficiaries especially in Jammu division, the Minister directed the concerned to distribute the same to the consumers immediately under all categories. The Minister was informed that in Kashmir division, the work on distribution of ration cards has almost been completed.
Later, the Minister also reviewed status of installation of Bio-Metric attendance system in all offices and stores of the department.
Meanwhile, Zulfkar Ali gave away furniture, computers and other material worth Rs 35 lakh to 5 Government Schools of Darhal provided by Hindustan Petroleum Private Limited under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) .
The material was provided to Government Higher Secondary School, Kandi, Government Higher Secondary School Kotranka, Government High School Mohra, Government Girls High School Budhal and Government Higher Secondary School Dhangri. The aid included 659 desks, 23 Computers, 23 Smart Boards, 6 Water Coolers, 1 Water Filter, 12 Filing cabinet, 45 chairs, 15 Library racks & Smart Podium.