State hammer supply of substandard food items in PDS


After pursuing number of complaints about supply of poor quality ration in the PDS, the State Government decided to hammer the illicit trades as number samples were being taken from the fair price shops and PDS depots in the hill state, the state government officials said  issuing the press statement about it today.


The government was committed for providing good quality pulses to the consumers of the State under Public Distribution System and the supply of essential commodities was being ensured through the Fair Price Shops on monthly basis, the State government spokesman said in official statement issued to media today.


We are ensuring quality of pulses provided under the state subsidized scheme by drawing random samples of each daal every week from one godown of each area. State Civil Supply Corporation and Department of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs were lifting samples for analyses in departmental laboratory. The State having complaints from seven areas have lifted as many as 21 samples to the empaneled laboratories for analysis every week and so far 100 samples of each daal has been sent for analysis.


The state PDS outlets having  substandard and low quality food grains as 443 samples have been failed the during the analysis and state government agencies slapped fine of Rs 12 Crores from such firms, this was stated by Civil Supply Minister Mr. G.S. Bali while giving reply during the recent Monsoon assembly session.


Mr. Bali said that State will not allow those firms to take part in the future tender if their sample fail three time consecutively. The Minister said that the State was deducting 20 percent of the total amount of concerned consignment if sample fails during scrutiny. There are number of complaints that poor quality Rajmah and pulses were being supplied to the consumers more over its supply fall short from the actual demand.


The State council of ministers met recently decided to distributes the more quota of pulses to the ration card holders irrespective of their number of family members. Earlier under the PDS system state was distributing four different pulses for family members having more than four members, three pulses for each members and two pluses for each members and one pulses for one member.

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