Chandigarh, Nov 1 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has directed the officers of the Food and Supplies Department to explore the possibility of introducing the coupon system for the Public Distribution System (PDS) to ensure the availability of essential commodities to the beneficiaries and take up the matter with the Government of India.
While reviewing the functioning of Public Distribution System in the State here last evening, Mr Hooda also directed the Department to constitute an Enforcement Wing so as to ensure the smooth supply of articles being sold under the public distribution system to the beneficiaries.
Mr Hooda said that an action plan should be chalked out by the Department and the statement of the beneficiaries should be recorded to know whether they got the wheat and rice as per their entitlement.
He said that the state government would urge the Central government to provide full allocation of wheat under the PDS. A mechanism should be evolved for the timely lifting of rice and wheat, he added.
Mr Hooda also stressed the need to aware the beneficiaries and monitor the BPL scheme intensively and suggested to introduce a format system.
The Chief Minister said that there were over 50 lakh ration card holders in the State having 2.30 crore units. Out of these, 42.14 lakh ration cards belongs to people above poverty line, 5.37 lakh were of BPL families while 2.92 lakh belongs to Antodaya Aan Yojana Scheme.
He also directed the officers of the department to check the diversion of kerosene oil in the open market to ensure the availability of kerosene to the needy persons. He said that Central Government had introduced a pilot project for providing kerosene oil to the people at Gurgaon and Faridabad.