The government will soon constitute third party quality control agencies to monitor the nine essential commodities being distributed to white cardholders under ‘Amma Hastham’ scheme at a subsidised price of Rs.185.

Disclosing this at a press conference here on Thursday, Civil Supplies Minister D. Sridhar Babu said that the third party quality control agencies would be selected through open bids.

The new scheme launched in April is becoming popular and the government will not compromise on the quality of commodities.

Referring to reports about the poor quality of commodities in some fair price shops, the Minister said measures would be taken to rectify them.

Of 45,000 ration shops in the State, there might be shortcomings here and there.

However, some politically motivated groups were running down the entire scheme even as the demand for ‘Amma Hastham’ scheme was growing by the day, he said.

While the dealers submitted demand drafts for 7.5 crore packets of various commodities, the Civil Supplies Corporation positioned 11 crore packets at the district level stock points to ensure speedy delivery to the cardholders.

The department requested the Chief Secretary to assign one special officer for every district for effective implementation of the scheme and to address any shortcomings at the field level.

The government is also considering the proposal to increase the commission given to the fair price shop dealers on nine essential commodities. Efforts are on to secure bank loans to the dealers to enable them to lift the stocks on time.