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Bring more transparency, accountability in distribution of food-grains: Advisor Kumar

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SRINAGAR, JULY 11:Advisor to Governor K Vijay Kumar Wednesday chaired a meeting to review the functioning of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Department and implementation of Electronic Public Distribution System (ePDS) project in Jammu and Kashmir.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary FCS&CA Dr Abdul Rashid, Director FCS&CA Kashmir Nisar Ahmad Wani, Director FCS&CA Jammu RA Inquilabi , Controller Legal Metrology RK Katoch and other senior officers of the department.
The advisor reviewed the stock, supply position, distribution system, grievance redressal system and other related matters. He appreciated the FCS&CA Department for its performance in ensuring uninterrupted supply of ration to the consumers especially in far flung areas during adverse weather conditions.
He stressed on bringing more transparency and accountability in the system besides constituting an internal vigilance system to ensure transparency in the department. He also urged to maintain quality of food grains distributed by the department and said there can be no compromise with the quality of food and asked the officials to have regular checks and tests of the food grains to ensure that quality ration is provided to the consumers.
Vijay Kumar also underscored the importance of Electronic Public Distribution System and online improving the real time online Grievance Redressal Portal system. It was given out in the meeting that union government has launched a scheme, “End to End Computerization of TPDS operations” and the objectives of the scheme is to address and check weak grievance redressal and social audit mechanism, fake and bogus ration cards, leakages and diversion of food grains and inclusion and exclusion of errors.
It was given out in the meeting that under component II of the E-PDS, the department has installed 6401 PoS machines at Government Sale Centres and Fair Price Shops while 6850 functionairies including Assistant Directors, TSOs, Store Keepers and Dealers have been trained in handling operations of the PoS devices.
The meeting was informed that the department provides 62590 MTs of ration to 119.73 Lakh souls under National Food Security Act which include 74.14 lakh souls under Priority Household (PHH) and 12 AAY souls while under Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Food Entitlement Scheme (MMSFES) the department provides 2.92 MTs to 82.41 lakh souls.
Officials further informed the meeting that state government provides 500 grams of sugar per soul per month to 74.15 lakh PHH category population of state out of its own resources at the rate of Rs 25 per Kilogram and that sugar is being procured through e- tendering on 6-monthly basis while the deficit amount between the procurement cost and selling cost is borne by the state government from its own budget. It was given out that there is annual requirement of 43860 MTs for 74.15 souls of the state.
With regard to the winter dumping in remote and inaccessible areas, meeting was informed that the department for the district of Leh 16821.17 Quintals of rice, 1014.16 quintals of sugar and 109600 LPG cylinders have been supplied for winter stocking. In district Kargil, the department has released 18540.35 quintals of rice 1535.27 quintals of sugar and 14061 LPG cylinders for winter stocking. The department has also stocked 1212.78 quintals of rice, 97.96 quintals of sugar and 16000 litres of kerosene for Gurez valley 3250.42 quintals of rice have also been released for winter stocking in Kupwara border areas.


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Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech clear call for Hindu Rashtra: PDP

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday termed the BJP President Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech an open call for a Hindu Rashtra and said that the Saffron party chief has challenged the very idea of India.

Shah while addressing a rally at West Bengal said that Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh need not be afraid in India because the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been brought to grant them citizenship. He also termed Muslims as infiltrators and stated that time for their deportation has come.

“This is nothing but an open call for a Hindu Rashtra. Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in itself is laying foundations of a Hindu Rashtra and exclusion of Muslims and Christians. What Amit Shah has said is communal poison and this is a moment of challenge for right thinking Indians who still believe in Idea of India as we have always been made to believe,” said senior PDP leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar.

 

He added that the statement of BJP President has sent a very negative message to the communities other than the country’s majority community. Such remarks, said Akhtar, aren’t being taken positively in the states like Jammu and Kashmir which have Muslim majority character and other states with sizeable Muslim and Christian population like Kerala, West Bengal, UP and Bihar and northeast states.

“What Amit Shah has said negates the essence, letter, and spirit of the constitution of India which is a covenant of all communities, all classes, and all people of the county to live together,” Akhtar said.

The PDP leader said that the BJP is setting up a dangerous game for electoral gains in the country and is playing a communal hatred card as last resort to win elections. “Unfortunately, BJP has only one goal and that is to win elections at whatever cost. The real issues facing the country including the problems of Jammu and Kashmir which are of a major nature besides joblessness, agrarian crises have been thrown in cold storage,” Akhtar said.

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Beware of activists impacting K-movement: Geelani to Youth

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Srinagar, Jan 23: When young blood is so enthusiastic to achieve their goal, no power on earth can force them to subjugation; this was stated by Hurriyat (g) Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, in a telephonic address to the mourners of the slain  Dr Shams-ul-Haq at Soghan Shopian on Wednesday.

Quoting Geelani, the spokesman in a statement said that Hurriyat (g) chairman reiterated his pledge to take the movement to its logical end and will never allow anybody to barter the precious blood of “martyrs”.

“We need to be aware of this and we are duty bound to safeguard their sacrifices and should desist from such activities which prove detrimental for our movement,” he said.

 

He said that deceitful slogans of development, prosperity or material gains can never be a substitute for freedom. Politicians have turned into political leeches, sucking every drop of our blood to satisfy their “masters” in Delhi.

The separatist leader said that our movement has become so precious that no perk and privilege can compel us for any compromise.

Stressing upon people in general and youth in particular, Hurriyat (g) chairman said that we need to strengthen our faith and protect our civil, social, religious and human liberties, avoid miss deeds and nourish the Islamic culture in our homes and society without indulging in sectarian hatred and social evils.

 

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Forces ‘torture’ compels youth to join militancy: Yasin Malik

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik while condemning the ongoing “killings” in Kashmir on Wednesday said that killing of more than half a dozen Kashmiris at Budgam and Shopian during last two days and assault on a civilian at Haba-Kadal are “exhibition of colonial mindset of government forces who only know to kill, injured and humiliate humans at will”.

The party spokesman said that killing of many more youth at Budgam and Shopian namely Syed Rubaan, Zahid Ahmad, Shams-Ul-Haq, Tawseef Ahmad, Sabzar Ahmad, Amir Ahmad Butt, as part of unabated killings, JKLF chairman said that first government forces “torture, torment, humiliate Kashmiri youth and leave no place for them to pursue a peaceful path and then eliminate them in CASO’s and crackdowns”.

Citing the example of a young Syed Ruban of Nazneenpora Shopian, Malik said that one of his relatives had joined militancy, and then the army, SOG and police started raiding his house, arresting him, torturing and humiliating this gentle soul on daily basis.

 

On June 19, 2018, his residence was raided during night hours and he along with his brother Syed Tajamul was severely tortured and this humiliating torture became a turning point for him as he left his

Meanwhile, JKLF chairman has expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of youthful Abdul Rashid Shigan of Batamaloo presently at HMT who passed away recently.

 

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