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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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No one can stop AIP now: Rasheed

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Srinagar, May 23: Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) President and Party’s candidate for Baramulla Parliamentary constituency Er Rasheed has said that results are much encouraging for AIP and no one on earth can stop the party from becoming alternative to NC, PDP and other regional parties.

In a statement issued today, Rasheed said that the spirit of democracy needs to be respected and all those who have won the elections deserve congratulations. However, AIP has proved all political analysis wrong and has shown excellent performance by improving its performance beyond imagination. Those who used to accuse AIP of dividing votes should realize that party was not there to divide votes but to give a befitting fight despite all compulsions and the results have proved all those forces wrong who claimed to be lone warriors of Kashmiris.

Rasheed while thanking AIP cadres said that party is thankful to every single voter and party colleagues who voted and worked for an ideology and have laid a strong foundation stone for the future. AIP promises to follow its pro-people agenda with consistency and sincerity. One should not forget that AIP decided at the eleventh hour to contest the elections and without a proper cadre the party volunteers succeeded in sending a deep message to the masses that AIP has the potential to replace those who have given Kashmiris nothing except disappointments and false promises.

 

Rasheed reiterated his appeal to sincere political workers to join AIP and become part of a change which will not only ensure leadership that represents sentiments, sacrifices and aspiration of masses but will also give them best and corruption-free governance.

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Moulvi Yousuf Shah (RA) put in all-out efforts to highlight Kashmir issue globally: Mirwaiz

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Srinagar, May 23: The 52nd death anniversary of Mahajar-e-Millat Mirwaiz Moulvi Yousuf Shah (RA) was observed on both sides of the divide in Kashmir with full respect and honor.

Paying rich tributes to the martyrs of battle of Badr and to highlight the role and great contribution of Muhajir-e-Milat (RA) on social, moral, educational and religious and political front, Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Umar Farooq while addressing the gathering at the historic Aali Masjid at Eidgah here, shed light on the life and religious political contribution of late Mirwaiz.

While paying rich tributes to him for his commitment to the people’s political movement as a pioneer in creating awareness among them regarding their political rights for which he was exiled, Mirwaiz paid homage to the great leader for his great contribution in the spread of religious teachings and social justice among the people of the state. He said that Mujahir-e-Milat put in all-out efforts during his lifetime to highlight the Kashmir issue globally and to pitch for Kashmiri’s.

 

Mirwaiz said that the translation and commentary of holy Quran in Kashmiri language by the late Mirwaiz helped put Kashmir on the global Islamic map and earned him great respect in Islamic world.

Mirwaiz also paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the battle of Badr stating that the great companions of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) despite being less in number fought against the enemy to keep the Islamic flag high and that their priceless sacrifices will always be remembered till the day of judgment.

Those who spoke on the occasion include Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari, Moulana Showkat Hussain Keng, Moulana Khursheed Ahmed Qanoongo, and Moulana Syedur Rehman Shams. The speakers paid rich tributes to Mujahir-e-Milat and vowed to take his mission to its logical conclusion.

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Ganai interacts with KCCI delegation, others

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Srinagar, May 23: As part of the weekly outreach programme, Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmed Ganai Thursday interacted with a number of delegations and individuals at J&K Governor’s Grievance Cell at Church Lane, Sonawar in Srinagar.

More than 22 delegations and scores of individuals from various parts of the Valley projected a number of issues on the occasion and sought their immediate redressal.

The delegations which met the Advisor during the day-long interaction include Amarnath Yatra Baltal Traders, delegation of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry, College Contractual Teachers, General line Teachers Forum and Academic Arrangement Teachers besides delegations from Umar Colony Lal Bazar, Nowgam Anantnag and Pahoo Pulwama among others.

 

The Advisor gave a patient hearing to the deputations and individuals and said that all the genuine issues put forth during the public hearing will be looked into.

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