Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs Minister Saryu Roy ordered all District Supply Officers on Thursday to set up ration monitoring committees in their districts before the next monthly meeting.
The order came in response to the repeated complaints from across the State regarding the ration cuts done against ration-card holding consumers. Half a kilogram for every five kilogram of cereals and three kilograms for every 35 kilogram of cereals were being held back by the shopkeepers. The monitoring committees will be set up under the Food Security Act 2013.
The monitoring committees will include Sarpanchs in rural areas and Ward members in urban areas. The nearest primary or middle school principal and Aanganbadi members of respective areas will also be a part of these committees.
Detailed posters containing all information regarding ration distribution have also been sent to all districts. The minister has ordered these posters to be put up within a week in all ration shops for the convenience of the consumers. Pictures of all ration shops with these posters have to be sent on the department’s Whatsapp number or public complaint number.
The Minister also ordered the District Supply Officers to ensure the food security related rules and regulations of FSSAI in all Daal-Bhaat Centres in the State.
He directed that the centres be cleaned, and that proper infrastructure arrangements should be ensured.