Chandigarh, May 5 (UNI) Taking cognizance of the rising prices of the essential commodities, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today reviewed the situation and suggested effective measures to check the escalating prices and ensure a smooth Public Distribution System (PDS) especially for the economically weaker section.
Taking part in the deliberations, Capt Singh directed the officials of the Food and Civil Supplies Department to closely monitor the fluctuations in the price level of the essential commodities and asked them to take requisite steps to stabilise the sky rocketing prices, a spokesman of the Punjab government said here.
Showing deep concern at the rise in prices of pulses and other essential commodities, which were not distributed through PDS, Capt Singh said he would take up the matter with the centre to take effective measures to control prices as well as ensure enough availability of these items in the open market so that prices remain stable.
He further directed that the working of the PDS should be monitored at every step so that the benefit percolates to the grass roots level to the deserving persons.
The Chief Minister reiterated that the requisite stock of foodgrains should reach the beneficiaries well in time and the entire system should be streamlined and monitored meticulously through conducting surprise checks by the concerned departmental officials as well as by the concerned minister.
Food Supplies Minister Avtar Henry informed the Chief Minister that the rise in prices of essential commodities was in line with the International Price Index and was not specific in Punjab. The working of the PDS had been streamlined and 98156 MTs of wheat was available for Above Poverty Line (APL), Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Antodha Ann Yozana (AAY) scheme for the poorest of the poor beneficiaries in Punjab and 40992 MTs of rice was available for APL/BPL families.
He further said 25 kg of wheat and 10 kg of rice were given to APL and BPL card holders and 35 Kgs of wheat was given to AAY card holders at subsidised rates.
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