Staff Reporter

Joint Collector wants all pending works completed in a couple of days

ASOs asked to inform the public about commodities available in depotsCPI(M) leader highlights the problems in getting a ration cardSupply of kerosene to all eligible persons sought

VIJAYAWADA: Joint Collector S. Suresh Kumar, chairing the Food Advisory Committee (FAC) meeting here on Saturday, took Assistant Supply Officers (ASOs) of the Civil Supplies Department to task for their `lackadaisical functioning' in several areas.

Mr. Kumar lost his cool when it became clear to him that ASOs had not made any effort to resolve any of the pending problems relating to the functioning of ration shops, which were repeatedly brought to his notice by Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Ch. Babu Rao.

The Joint Collector instructed District Civil Supplies Officer K. Singaiah to resolve the issues without any loss of time. "All these issues were discussed at the earlier meetings too. This clearly shows that you are not interested in solving the issues. If you are not sincere at your work, you better sit at home," he said in an assertive tone.

Directive

Brushing aside all the excuses put forward by the ASOs, Mr. Kumar instructed them to complete the pending works in a couple of days.

"We have a well-integrated data base and information pertaining to ration shops, quantity of essential commodities supplied to them, quantity required to be supplied and ration cards to be issued is available," he said.

Mr. Kumar advised the ASOs to inform the general public about the commodities available in the depots.

"The customers should know what is available in each shop. And it is the responsibility of ASOs to make sure that the information is passed on to the general public with the help of the media," he observed.

DPL units sought

Mr. Babu Rao brought to the notice of the Joint Collector the difficulties faced by the general public in getting ration cards from the designated photography locations.

"A lot of time is getting wasted when the entire family is forced to spend long hours in queue to get a card. It is advisable to set up DPL units in Krishnalanka, Patamata, Machavaram and One Town for the convenience of the public," he said.

The CPI (M) leader also told the Joint Collector about the inordinate delay in issuing coupons after issuing cards.

Also, due to reduction of the quota of kerosene supplied to Krishna district, poor and lower classes were suffering.

He asked officials to convince the State Government to get adequate quantity of kerosene.

"Even the tamarind supplied through ration shops is not of good quality.

Instead of selling them in the quantities of one kg and more, it is better if it is sold in smaller quantities," he said.