Loopholes in PDS to be set right

Food and civil supplies minister D N Jeevraj said all loopholes in distribution of ration cards will be set right in 15 days.

Speaking at a review meeting here recently, he said 1.32 crore ration cards — 86 lakh BPL and 35.59 lakh APL cards — will be distributed in the state. The project of clicking photographs for ration cards is under progress across.

In Kodagu district, of 13,196 ration cards, 3,360 have been distributed.

The minister said the deputy commissioner has decided to depute additional DC or AC to set right loopholes. “I will depute Mysore district food and civil supplies assistant director Devaiah to Kodagu,” he said.

“It is a shame that the food and civil supplies department could not distribute 13,000 ration cards in the district. As there are several complaints against deputy director Rajanna, I have directed him to report to the head office in Bangalore. We will probe into the issue.”

He said applications for new ration cards will be invited after clearing pending applications. All bogus ration cards have been cancelled.

He said 3,800 families have been given ration cards under Anthyodaya Anna Yojana.
New weighing scale will be introduced to ensure transparency in the PDS. The scale will be introduced on a pilot basis in Chikmagalur, Mysore and Belgaum. The department’s website has details of every fair price shop in the state and their share of foodgrains in the public distribution system.

The minister said the Union government will have to decide on increasing the quota of kerosene for Malnad.

Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah said there are several villages in the district which do not have electricity connection. Hence, APL families should also be given kerosene during monsoon.

District in-charge minister M P Appachu Ranjan said food and civil supplies department officials should make surprise visits to ration shops, to ensure supply of ration to the card holders.

Zilla panchayat president B Shivappa, vice-president Usha Devamma, DC Dr N V Prasad and ZP CEO K B Anjanappa were present.

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