Special Correspondent

21,000 ration cards, 482 Annapurna cards distributed

Rs. 2 a kg. rice scheme to be launched on April 7

KADAPA: Gramaikya sanghams have been directed to maintain strict vigil over fair price (FP) dealers and ensure correct supply of essential commodities at stipulated prices, Joint Collector M. Girijasankar said on Monday.

Addressing the food advisory committee meeting at Collectorate Sabha Bhavan, here, he said fair price shop dealers would have to produce a testimonial from the sangham concerned for having supplied commodities to cardholders. The practice came into force towards the end of February. An integrated register would be maintained from April 1 onwards to ensure that FP shop dealers did not resort to irregularities.

As Rs. 2 a kg. rice scheme would be launched on April 7, necessary stocks should reach the FP shops by April 5, the joint collector said. The subsidised rice scheme would be applicable to Antyodaya Anna Yojana cardholders too. He wanted rice supplied to all white cardholders.

Irregularities

There was scope for irregularities as there was a vast variation in price of subsidised rice and regular rice. Committee member V.V. Chalapathi wanted regular FP dealers appointed in place of temporary dealers who have been functioning for several years. Referring to complaints about the selection of Annapurna and Antyodaya beneficiaries, he wanted specific instances to be brought to his notice for initiating action.

The Joint Collector directed RDOs to fix roster points and appoint regular dealers. 21,000 ration cards were distributed recently including 482 Annapurna cards, he said. He sought stock allotment letters sent to the food advisory committee members.Bengal gram, tamarind, edible and palmolein oil would be supplied through FP shops in Kadapa and Proddatur from April 1 and in the rest of the district from May. LPG supply was being monitored on daily basis. In all, 1.45 lakh LPG refills were being supplied in the district and there was a shortfall of 20,000 refills, he said.

Negotiations were on with petroleum companies to meet the shortage.

Zilla Parishad CEO B. Lakshmikantham, District Supply Officer John Wesley, RDOs, political party representatives participated.