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Councilor Khan Discusses Fair Price Store Allocation Policy and Regulations at J&K

Councilor Khan Discusses Fair Price Store Allocation Policy and Regulations at J&K

Said the document will bring additional transparency into the existing system, improve the viability of FPS

posted on March 14, 2022 | Author RK Online Office

Adviser to the Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan, on Monday stressed the need for a comprehensive Fair Price Stores (FPS) allocation policy at the same level as other states and union territories in order to bring additional transparency in the existing system in addition to improving the viability of FPS.

The adviser said this while chairing a meeting of the Department of Food, Civil Services & Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) to discuss modalities regarding the formulation of a policy for the establishment of new stores in fair price (FPS) and their subsequent regulations in the territory of the Union.

the Secretary to the FCS&CA Commissioner, Zubair Ahmad; The Director of FCS&CA Kashmir, senior officers of FCS&CA Jammu and other concerned persons attended the meeting in person and via the online mode.

Outlining the policy outline, he said the new document will also provide a sound legal mechanism to regulate and strengthen the PDS in Jammu and Kashmir keeping in mind the standards of the Distribution System Ordinance. Targeted Public (Control), 2015, Government of India.

A threadbare discussion took place on issues relating to the allocation of ration depots contemplated in the new policy.

The meeting was held against the backdrop of receiving various inputs and suggestions from stakeholders, especially ration dealers. He discussed improving souls and ration card holders from the existing cap to the revised one for the new FPS.

The advisor suggested that special provisions be incorporated for areas where no private person would come to open the FPS in the area. He asked those concerned to consider the flexibility of certain rules for areas where there are physical barriers such as hilly terrain, rivers, etc.

While emphasizing the importance of this exercise, Councilor Khan said that after the policy is in place, it will not only ensure the smooth running of the public distribution system, but will also help to increase the income of the people who manage or who manage these FPS.

He said the new policy will replace the age-old distribution of rations with little reliance on government-run ration depots.

The meeting also discussed policy provisions such as issuance or renewal of licenses, wastage and guidelines to address it, advance of commission to ration merchants, etc.