Haryana increases kerosene quota for BPL families

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Chandigarh, Jan 15 (UNI) Haryana Government has decided to increase the kerosene quota to below the poverty line (BPL) families to 11 litre per ration card per month as against 5.5 litres from February next, Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan said here today.

The State Government had taken a number of steps for strengthening the Public Distribution System (PDS) in the State so that the essential commodities could reach to the common man, Mr Chander Mohan said.

He said that to ensure the availability of kerosene to the fair price shop, a representative of respective Deputy Commissioner had been deputed for verification. Similarly, two members of the monitoring committee had been deputed for checking the availability of the kerosene in the government fair price shops.

While referring to the Food Stamps Programme in the State, Mr Chander Mohan said the consumers would be provided food coupons according to their eligibility and against the coupons they would get the essential commodities from the fair price shops.

He said that this scheme would be launched from March and April next in Sirsa and Mewat districts respectively.

Mr Chander Mohan said that a number of steps had been taken for strengthening the PDS under the scheme. Wheat was being provided to the consumers as against the flour. Similarly, Confed had been directed to ensure the supply of all the essential commodities including foodgrains by 10th of every month on the fair price shops.

He said that all the Deputy Commissioners had been directed to review the PDS in the district grievances committee meetingbeing held every month.

He said that the participation of panchayati raj members had been ensured in the PDS. Every fair price shop had been allotted under the supervision of Inspector and Deputy Inspector of Food and Supply Department, he added.

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