Maharashtra Food and Civil Supplies Minister Girish Mahajan has said that after implementation of the biometric system in PDS, fair price shops in the state would be allowed to sell some more items and their commission would also be hiked.
He was presiding over the review meeting of the district for his department yesterday where he made this announcement.
He asked the elected representatives and administration to work to gether to ensure effective work on linking fair price shops with bio-metric system in the district.
“Since last year there have been efforts to bring in radical changes in the department for which the state and Centre is giving a helping hand,” he said adding that modernisation of the deparment was happening at a fast pace and the biometric sytem would soon be operational.
“This will ensure the system to be efficient and transparent eliminating corruption and irregularities in PDS,” he said.
He asked the ration officers to also visit houses of the people besides visiting fair price shops to know their feed back on the system. They should have dialogue with the people and find out if they are getting their quota properly and on time.
He also said that there is satisfactory production of Tur Dal and the prices would come down by Rs 80-85 soon.
He reiterated that the government would take stringent action on traders who indulge in black marketing under MPDA.
The foodgrains sold in black market are taken out of fair price shops and find their way in mills and are sold from there. Hence it is necessary to carry out raids on maximum mills and check their production and usage of power, he said. This will expose the sale of foodgrains in black market he said.
There are presently 15 godowns in the district with a capacity of 7,250 metric tones and a proposal has already gone to the government to add 8 more godowns to the existing ones.
Deputy Collector Farogue Mukadam made a presentation in the meeting about the present status of the food grain position and the fair price shops in the district.
She informed the minister that the distict stood at the 4th position as far as Aadhar seeding is concerned and 75% of the work had been completed.
She also said that Nanded and Thane are the two districts in the state which have been selected for e-PDS and work on that was progressing at a fast pace.