State govt dispenses compensation to Bantwal riot victims

Food and Civil Supplies Minister U T Khader said that the state government has provided compensation to the families of Muhammed Ashraf (Ashraf Kalai) and Sharat Kumar (Sharat Madiwala), who died following untoward incidents in Bantwal, last June and July.

Addressing reporters at Circuit House here on Thursday, he said that families of the deceased have been sanctioned a compensation of Rs 5,00,000 each.

The then Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada had recommended for compensations to the families.

The minister said that 11,000 new ration cards have been dispensed to the people in the first phase. There were 15.5 lakh applications and one lakh have been rejected during the process of scrutiny. The rest will be disbursed soon.

The installation of Point Of Sale Machines has been 75% complete and they are running well. There is a good response from the people as well as owners of the fair price shops. Steps will be taken to provide broadband connectivity to the shops in interior areas and border areas.

The incentive for the fair price shops facilitated with POS machine has been increased by Rs 17 per quintal of cereals. Earlier it was Rs 70 per quintal and now it is Rs 87.

Seva Sindhu Kendras have been opened at fair price shops in Bengaluru on a pilot basis. The centres will provide miscellaneous services such as booking of flight tickets, ration card applications and applications for various schemes of the central and the state government.

The Public Distribution System in the state has set a model for the nation, Khader said. He said that the Chief Minister of Pondicherry is keen on implementing the Karnataka model of PDS in his state and will hold a meeting with the Chief Minister. The food and civil supplies minister said that he too will be a part of the meet.

Appointment of judges to consumer courts

The Department of Consumer Affairs has approved the appointment of judges for seven consumer courts in the states including Karnataka. Double benches have been constituted at places where more number of cases are registered.

He further said that a national level seminar on consumer affairs will be hosted by the state government in Bengaluru in January.

Responding to a query on some outlets in malls charging more than the maximum retail price of food commodities, he said that the consumer affairs and legal metrology department has conducted raids on such shops. The Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs will be consulted towards further legal action.

'People should remain peaceful'

U T Khader meanwhile requested the general public to remain peaceful as some forces have been trying to create tensions at a time when the elections are nearing.

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