To ensure that BPL card holders got quality rice, the State government is purchasing rice from other States. It’s the responsibility of the Food and Civil Supplies Department officers to ensure that the grain reaches the beneficiaries without any delay, district in-charge secretary N. Manjunath has said.

Speaking at a meeting of district-level officers here on Saturday, he stated that the department should inspect warehouses, where the rice meant for distribution under the Anna Bhagya scheme was stored, regularly. If there were any lapses, the issue should be immediately brought to the notice of higher authorities and action should be taken against those who found guilty.

“There are complaints that the rice meant for the scheme is being sold illegally in the market, and the officers should keep vigil on such incidents,” he added.

It was the responsibility of the officers to keep vigil on timings of fair price shops, except on Tuesday. The fair price shops should be open from 8 a.m. to noon and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Licences of fair price shops that fail to distribute the rice to beneficiaries should be cancelled immediately,” he said. It had also come to the notice of officers that some of the beneficiaries were selling the rice provided to them under the scheme and action should be taken against such beneficiaries and their cards cancelled, he said.

Drinking water

Some of the taluks in the district were facing shortage of drinking water owing to scanty rainfall and the situation might worsen in summer. So, officers of the panchayat raj engineering division should take measures to ensure that people were not affected. Officers of the panchayat raj engineering division said that a Rs. 18-crore project plan had been prepared to tackle the drinking water problem in the four taluks that were facing water shortage and it had been submitted to State government for approval. Deputy Commissioner V.P. Ikkeri, Assistant Commissioner Tippeswamy were present.