March 22, 2016

Himachal takes lead in digitization of ration cards: G.S Bali

Himachal takes lead in digitization of ration cards: G.S Bali
Vijyender Sharma
SHIMLA-----Himachal Pradesh has taken lead in digitization of ration cards in the country and so far 15.54 lakh cards have been digitized which has brought transparency in distributing ration under Public Distribution System (PDS).
Food, Civil Supplies and Consumers Affairs Minister Shri G.S. Bali stated this while participating in the National Conference on Consumers Protection and Awareness organized today at New Delhi. The Conference was presided over by Union Minister for Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Shri Ram Vilas Paswan.
Shri Bali said the State Government had launched massive consumer awareness programme upto grass root level and facility of a helpline number-1967 had also been provided for redressing the grievances of the consumers. This special drive would also be carried during next financial year so that the consumers could be made aware of their rights.
Highlighting the works being carried under PDS in the State, Shri Bali said that all the ration card holders were being provided essential commodities at subsidized rates, which was a great initiative of the State Government. He said that the State had already implemented Food Security Act.
The Minister said that despite tough geographical conditions, the consumers were being provided ration in a time bound manner upto far-flung areas for which a vast network of 117 whole sale depot and 4866 fair price shops had been set up.

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