Satyasundar Barik

Transactions of fair price shops to be certified on a monthly basis

Panchayats or women SHG to attest delivery of commodities

Awareness to be spread among TPDS beneficiaries

BHUBANESWAR: In a bid to make the Public Distribution System (PDS) transparent, the State Government has decided to start monthly certification plan under which gram panchayats or urban local bodies will certify transactions of fair price shops (FPS) in their areas.

As per the instruction issued by the Food, Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department (FSCW) to all district Collectors, the certification programme will come into force from the month of June.

“The monthly certification is to be done for each FPS by gram panchayat or urban local body concerned at the FPS level or women’s self-help group functioning in the area of operation of the shop,” State FSCW Secretary Raj Kumar Sharma directed in a notification.

Panchayats or women SHG will check and attest the delivery of allocated Targeted Public District System (TPDS) commodities at FPS and their distribution to eligible ration cardholders during the allocation month.

Marketing inspectors of supplies will obtain the enclosed certificate. “Stocks would be issued for subsequent months after obtaining the certificate of preceding month,” the notification said.

The certificate will be signed by FPS liencencee, executive officer or secretary of gram panchayats or urban local body, sarpanch or chairman of ULB and one ward member.

To execute the programme, panchayats have been directed to designate at least two ward members or ward councillors.

Earlier in the month, palli sabhas were authorised to review beneficiary list of BPL, Antodoya Annapurna Yojna and other beneficiaries. The list of ration cards would have to be provided to all palli sabhas by supply inspectors. Palli sabhas will take up verification of the list of ration cardholders at least once in a year.

Similarly, to check pilferage of kerosene from FPS, it has been instructed that each barrel should be painted in blue colour and bears the name and license number of the dealer, serial number of barrel.

Awareness will be spread among TPDS beneficiaries for checking the register being maintained by FPS operator. According to sources, the FSCW is going to issue instructions for providing true copies of registers to beneficiaries at Rs. 2 per one page. It would enable general people to make audit of the transactions.

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