Minister Tomar holds surprise inspection of Prathmik Upbhokta Bhandars

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Jan 2019 11:19:14


Staff Reporter,

License of two shops suspended for irregularities

Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Pradyuman Singh Tomar conducted surprise inspection of Prathmik Upbhokta Bhandars of Bhopal city on Saturday. On finding irregularities, he instructed officers to suspend license and to hold an enquiry into items, found of inferior quality at the shop.

Minister Tomar said that, no irregularities will be tolerated at all as ration is being supplied to poor from the ration shops. Tomar conducted surprise inspection of Nagina Mahila Prathmik Sahkari Upbhokta Bhandar situated in Bhim Nagar, Ward no 31 of Bhopal city. Tomar got the shop opened in his presence as it was found closed during the inspection. A complaint about distribution of inferior quality wheat and rice had been lodged by local residents. Even stock register was not maintained by the shop owner. On complaint from local residents about thumb impression not being recorded on machine, Tomar gave instructions for sampling of items available at the shop and action against shop operator.

Minister Tomar also conducted surprise inspection of Mahila Prathmik Sahkari Upbhokta Bhandar of ward no 23. Here again, he received complaint about distribution of inferior quality items and shop not being opened on time. Instructions for action against both the shop operators were given by him to the Food Controller Jyoti Shah Narvariya.

Minister Tomar mentioned that officers of the Food Department should conduct surprise inspection of Upbhokta Bhandars in all the districts of the state and ensure stringent action on finding irregularities. He further stated that action against concerned officer will also be taken if negligence is found in ration distribution. He gave instructions to change timings of ration shops in Bhopal from 8.00 am in place of 9.00 am.

Ensure ration distribution to all eligible beneficiaries:
Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Pradyuman Singh Tomar said that ration on low price should be ensured to all eligible beneficiaries under the provisions of the Food Security Act. Stringent action should be taken against responsible organisations and government employees in case of dereliction of duties. Tomar was reviewing schemes of the department at Mantralaya on Saturday.

Tomar mentioned that a target to provide food grains at low price to poor families and to include families, which are still deprived of such benefit, has been mentioned in the manifesto. Officers are required to prepare a detailed action plan in this connection within specific time limit.
Tomar further stated that vigilance committees should be reconstituted for each shop. More than one shop should not be operated by the same person. Arrangement should be put in order in rural areas with coordination of the Cooperative Department.

Moreover, Tomar also told officials to examine immediately one thousand pending applications of BPL beneficiaries of Gwalior Assembly Constituency of Gwalior District.
Principal Secretary Neelam Shami Rao has informed that ration at low price is being provided to One crore 17 lakh families as per the census-2011 through 24,170 shops.
She further informed that food grains are being distributed through Samagra ID and POS Machines to control black marketing. Instructions have been given to distribute ration
to beneficiaries with  thumb impressions matching problem on the basis of slips on different days.