Food minister continues surprise checks of Fair Price Shops - orders action against two FPS, 17th May 2017

DIRECTORATE OF INFORMATION & PUBLICITY  
GOVERNMENT OF DELHI
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Delhi: 17th May 2017


  • Food minister continues surprise checks of Fair Price Shops – orders action against two FPS

Food and Civil Supplies Minister Mr Imran Hussain on Wednesday conducted surprise inspection of two Fair Price Shops (FPS) to check the compliance of guidelines and norms by  FPS dealers for delivery of Specified Food Articles (SFAs) to the ration card holders.


The Minister personally visited FPS in Burari area of North Delhi. During the visit the FPS were found locked. The Minister directed the Department to take stringent action against the concerned FPS dealers as per law.


He directed Commissioner, Food and Civil Supplies to seek explanation of concerned Food and Supply Officer (FSO), Food & Supply Inspector (FSI) and Assistant Commissioner (FCS) regarding closure of shops on working days for their lack of proper supervision.


The Minister directed that disciplinary proceedings, including suspension be initiated against erring officials.

The Department has informed that there are several violations by the two FPS, therefore they have been sealed and further action such as suspension of license as per law/rules is being taken.


The Minister also directed the Department to ensure that all the prescribed information is displayed on the boards of all FPS and that no laxity will be tolerated on the part of erring FPS dealers.


Mr Hussain informed that the field inspection in the coming days will be more frequent, stringent and intense.

Food & Civil Supplies Department of Delhi Government is responsible for effective implementation of National Food Security (NFS) Act, 2013.  The Act provides for entitlement of 4 kg wheat & 1 kg rice per unit under PR category; 4 kg wheat & 1 kg rice per unit alongwith 6 kg sugar per card under PR-S category; and 25 kg wheat, 10 kg rice and 6 kg sugar per card under AAY category.


Retail issue price fixed for wheat and rice is Rs. 2/- per kg. and Rs. 3/- per kg. respectively. Retail issue price of sugar has been fixed at Rs.13.50 per kg.


At present, more than 72.78 lakh beneficiaries are covered for drawing ration as per entitlement in Delhi.

Department has issued guidelines from time to time in order to ensure that targeted ration beneficiaries get their due amount of specified food articles in time and also to ensure prevention of undesirable activities by unscrupulous FPS dealers.


These guidelines inter-alia mandate the FPS dealers to provide various information to the ration card holders under the National Food Security Act, 2013 viz. name of Licensee and Authority Letter No., stock of foodgrains received during the month, previous day’s closing stock and current day’s opening stock, timings of opening and closing of the FPS including lunch break, entitlement of foodgrains, scale of issue, retail issue prices, toll-free helpline no., samples of specified food articles (sugar, wheat and rice), weekly off day and complaint register number.


Further, the FPS dealers are also required to display details of prescribed authorities for redressal of grievances relating to quality and quantity of foodgrains as per National Food Security Act, 2013. The prescribed authorities are – Food & Civil Supplies Officer (FSO) of the Circle has been designated as approving authority of the cards, Additional District Magistrate of the District has been designated as District Grievance Redressal Officer (DGRO) who also acts as Appellate Authority and State Food Commission (Public Grievance Commission) has been designated as Reviewing Authority, as per the Act.


The Department guidelines also provide for various kinds of penalties in the event of stock variation found on the part of concerned FPS dealer. In case of variation of stocks upto 50 kg of SFAs, a penalty of Rs. 5000 needs to be imposed on the erring FPS dealer. In case of variation of more that 50 kgs. of all the SFAs combine together, the FPS license is suspended for 03 months after initiating quasi-judicial proceedings at the level of Zonal Assistant Commissioner. Further, there is provision for suspension of license and lodging of FIR under Section 7/10 of Essential Commodities Act, 1955. Further more, in case any dealer is found over-charging for the SFAs and other violations immediate suspension of license has been prescribed by the Department.

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