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Before launching of “Ration at Doorstep” four departments’ employees go on mass casual leave

Before launching of “Ration at Doorstep” four departments’ employees go on mass casual leave

Kanwar Inder singh/ royalpatiala.in

In a major setback to Punjab government’s dream project “ Gahr Ghar Ration or ration at your doorstep’  , the employees of Marked, Punsup, Food and Civil Supplies, and Warehousing corporation has decide to go on mass casual leave, due to lodging of FIR by Punjab vigilance bureau and enquiries marked against the officials of procurement agencies.

Punjab CM Bhagwat Mann has announced an assured implementation of the new scheme on 28th March 2022. It is called ‘Punjab Ghar Ghar Ration Yojana’.

Before launching of “Ration at Doorstep” four departments’ employees go on mass casual leave. Recently, the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Lal Chand Kataruchak have announced that the State Government shall undertake the home delivery service of atta from 1st October this year.

He added that the scheme shall be implemented across the State in a single phase. The entire state has been divided into eight zones.

Disclosing this, the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister  Lal Chand Kataruchak had said that under the scheme, the Government shall offer, to every beneficiary enrolled under NFSA, the option of home delivery of Atta.  Any beneficiary, who wishes to physically collect his entitlement of wheat from a Fair Price Shop (FPS), shall have an option of OPT-OUT through a suitable IT intervention freely available to him. The delivery cycle of distribution shall now be changed from quarterly to monthly cycle.

The Home Delivery Service shall introduce the concept of Mobile Fair Price Shops (MPS). The MPS shall be a transport vehicle, preferably fitted with GPS facility and cameras to live stream the handing over of Atta to the beneficiary, said the Minister adding it shall mandatorily have the facility of weighing scales in order to satisfy the customer about the weight of the Atta before it is delivered. All mandatory requirements of biometric verification, handing over of printed weight slip to the beneficiary, etc. shall be provided by the MPS. All MPS licences shall be issued by the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs. An MPS shall enjoy a status similar to the ‘Fair Price Shop’ under the NFSA. Only MPS shall offer the facility of home delivery of Atta.

He added that a Special Purpose Vehicle shall be formed by MARKFED to undertake all activities required to successfully offer the service of Home Delivery of Atta to the beneficiaries of NFSA.  The State Government shall bear the entire cost of grinding Wheat into Atta even though the guidelines framed under NFSA allowed the recovery of these grinding charges from the beneficiary.  The new service is, therefore, expected to result in a saving of about Rs. 170 crore for the beneficiaries as regards their present expenditure on converting Wheat into Atta at the local atta chakki, added  Kataruchak.

Before launching of “Ration at Doorstep” four departments’ employees go on mass casual leave.Earlier, the Punjab CM had announced that the scheme is optional. In other words, it is for the beneficiaries to decide whether they want to opt for the Ghar Ghar Ration Yojana or not. This means if there is a ration depot nearby the beneficiary’s house then they can decide to not opt for the scheme as it’s close to their place. However, if it is not nearby then the beneficiary may  opt for this scheme as the government will provide rations to you every month on your doorstep.

Before launching of “Ration at Doorstep” four departments’ employees go on mass casual leave

August 18,2022

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