Efforts on to prevent diversion of PDS stocks
- Civil Supplies chief asks contractors to be honest
Hyderabad: Civil Supplies Commissioner C.V. Anand said on Sunday that his department had been striving to minimize malpractices in distribution of essential commodities.
He said every effort is being made to prevent diversion of PDS stocks, from Civil Supplies Corporation warehouses to Fair Price shops, to ensure the essential commodities reach the genuine beneficiaries. Anand said his department is making arrangements to install GPS (Global Positioning System) devices in all stage-I & stage-II vehicles of the contractors transporting PDS stocks from FCI godowns to MLS point (stage-I) and from MLS points to FP shops (stage-II).
He convened a meeting of stage-I & II transport contractors at the Civil Supplies Bhavan and told them that not a single grain should be diverted. He reminded them of adverse news reports in the media about diversion of PDS rice with complicity of all those concerned.
The commissioner said that the GPS will be strictly implemented and asked them to work honestly and cooperate in proper implementation of GPS as there was no additional burden on them. After completion of transportation of PDS stocks, the vehicles in which GPS devices are installed should not cross the district border without giving advance information to the officials of Civil Supplies Corporation, Anand said, adding, otherwise it amounts to violation of conditions. He said all concerned must ensure that only one telephone number is allotted to each vehicle on a permanent basis. Transport contractors will be given special ID and password to know the whereabouts of their vehicles.
Responding to the request of the transport contractors to give them two-year term instead of one year, the commissioner said the term of the contractors, who worked honestly without any complaints will be given extension for one more year. They were also informed that each and every mistake on their part will be recorded with the GPS. The contractors also brought to the notice of the commissioner that hamalis were collecting money for loading and unloading of lorries as per their whims and fancies. -NSS