Lt Governor directs for rationalization of food-grain distribution

Lt Governor G C Murmu chairing a meeting on Wednesday.
Lt Governor G C Murmu chairing a meeting on Wednesday.

* Reviews working of SKIMS

Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu, Jan 8: Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu today reviewed the functioning of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS & CA) Department in a meeting at the Civil Secretariat.
Farooq Khan, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor; BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Arun Kumar Mehta, Financial Commissioner, Finance; Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education; Hirdesh Kumar, Commissioner Secretary, School Education & Social Welfare; Pandurang K. Pole, Secretary Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS & CA); Jatinder Singh Director FCS & CA, Nitu Gupta, Controller Legal Metrology and other senior officers attended the meeting.
The Lt Governor sought a comprehensive report regarding the allocation of food-grains, dumping of stocks in snow bound areas, departmental and FCI godowns and their storage capacity along with the present status regarding functioning of fair price shops, end to end computerization of TPDS Operations (e-PDS), supply of PDS Kerosene, LPG coverage and schemes related to welfare institutions and hostels etc.
The Lt Governor directed the officers to rationalize the distribution of food grains across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir under various programmes and schemes like National Food Security Act, MMSFES, PDS etc. He further directed for the speeding up of adhaar seeding of the ration-cards.
He asked the functionaries to review the facilities being provided to the in-mates of special schools, shelter homes like Nari-Niketan, Bal-Ashram etc and submit a report in that regard within one month.
While reviewing the distribution of LPG Cylinders in the far-flung areas, the Lt Governor directed the officers to work out effective mechanism for supply and distribution and open up more stores to ensure that the sufficient supply of LPG Cylinders and other essential commodities reaches the population living in far-off and difficult areas of the Union Territory.
Observing the paucity of enforcement staff in Legal Metrology department, the Lt Governor called for empowering SDMs, Tehsildars and Naib-Tehsildars for conducting inspection of consumer outlets for ensuring quality and proper pricing of consumer goods. He further asked the Legal Metrology Department to submit a proposal regarding staff requirement in the department.
A proposal to effectively utilize the services of labourers who were earlier working in FCS & CA stores, was also sought on immediate basis.
Meanwhile, Lt Governor reviewed the working of Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura.
The meeting was attended by BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Arun Kumar Mehta, Financial Commissioner, Finance; Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education and Prof. A. G. Ahangar, Director SKIMS.
The Lt Governor directed the functionaries of SKIMS to prepare a comprehensive futuristic plan with vision of growth and development of health infrastructure and medi-care facilities. He further asked them to conduct a comparative study of SKIMS with other deemed Medical Universities of repute and Hospitals across the country and suggest measures for improving the different processes and administration of SKIMS by emulating from best practices.
He categorically instructed the functionaries to shun adhocism of any sort across all levels and asked them to effectively utilize the available man-power and infrastructural resources to provide best possible medical facilities to the people coming from the most relegated sections of the society.
He asked the officers to submit the proposal for filling the vacant post in Emergency Medicine and Blood Transfusion and further directed them to submit the DPR for creation of Trauma Centre.
The chair was also briefed about various issues related to SKIMS including recruitment of staff to fill up vacant posts and other issues concerning infrastructural requirement and of administrative importance.