Hyderabad: Disappointed with the shortcomings of the State Civil Supplies Department in failing to supply rice to a few districts for Dasara, State Finance and Civil Supplies Minister, Etela Rajender on Saturday, directed officials to ensure that this was not repeated.
In the meet, he said that the E-pass Machines were meant to arrest discrepancies in the supply of essential commodities, not to hassle the beneficiaries.
“Due to the delay in supply of the machines from the company, the government is garnering a bad name,” he said.
This system was first launched in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits and it had reaped good benefits, now it would be extended to the all districts in the State, he said.
“All the department officials must check the machines first, before sending them to the district offices. Even the officials must be on their toes, and report any discrepancy. If they are failing to report any issue like shortage in rice, what are they doing?” he questioned.
In the meet, he told Civil Supplies Commissioner, CV Anand to ensure that the problem does not repeat for Diwali.
“It doesn’t matter even if the supplies are delayed by a month, but we need to ensure that the beneficiaries are not troubled,” he said.
Speaking about rice procurement, CV Anand told the Minister that this year the department would require 1.5 lakh metric tonnes of super fine rice, for all the beneficiaries.
“The department is prepared to procure 27 lakh metric tonnes of rice and a budget of Rs 8,500 crores would be required,” said Anand.
The Minister also asked officials to prepare a plan to deal with petitions pertaining to increasing the number of Fair Price Shops (FPS).
“For two-days in a month, the dealers must go and supply rice to the shops. We will soon take a decision on shops which are run by in-charge staffers. I will also go speak to CM about increasing the commission for dealers soon,” said the Minister.