Remove names of ineligible persons from PDS

Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah reviews departmental schemes

kunwar13.1.16Bhopal, January 13, 2016 (Ataullah Faizan):  Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah has said that targeted public distribution system under National Food Security Act is an important programme of the state government. Names of ineligible persons should be removed from the system so that eligible persons can get wheat and rice at the rate of Re. one per kg. He directed to fix time-limit for this. The meeting also reviewed paddy procurement and preparations for ensuing wheat procurement in Rabi season. Principal Secretary Food and Civil Supplies Mr. Ashok Warnwal informed that point of sale machines (POS) will reach all fair price shops by end of January. Food grains will be distributed only through POS from February.

The meeting was informed that ‘Apni Shop Apna Ration’ (ASAR) scheme has been introduced at Bhopal, Indore and Khandwa. Under the scheme, a consumer can lift his quota from ration shop of his choice. It was informed that subsidy on kerosene will be deposited in bank accounts of beneficiaries. Officers were asked to collect bank accounts and Aadhar Numbers of Target PDS beneficiaries and link them to Samagra Portal. Kerosene subsidy will be deposited in bank accounts of beneficiaries one month in advance. The meeting was informed that number of eligible beneficiary families under Mukhyamantri Annapurna Yojana in the state is one crore 17 lakh.

State’s 4 crore 34 lakh population is benefiting from this scheme. Under the scheme, wheat and rice are being provided at Re. one per kg as per eligibility. Commissioner Food and Civil Supplies Mr. Manohar Agnani informed that responsibility to verify eligible families under Mukhyamantri Annapurna Yojana in 5 panchayats was assigned to every District Officers. Irregularities have been detected in some districts and District Officers have been asked to rectify errors. MD of Warehousing Corporation Mr. Ajatshatru Shrivastava informed that wheat storage capacity after procurement this year will be 85 lakh MT.