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Controlling Price Rise
In the retail and wholesale business, stringent measures will be taken to prevent hoarding and profiteering. Our government will use the its full strength to stop black market operations, hoarding and speculative trading to curb the rising prices of vegetables, fruits and other essential commodities. Ration shops and the public distribution system will be corruption-free and shield the Aam Aadmi from rising costs.
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Delhi govt orders probe into alleged irregularities in ration cards changes in 2013 Dated : 25/11/2016 Delhi government on Friday ordered an inquiry into the complaints of alleged irregularities during the transfer of old ration cards to new cards under the National Food Security system in 2013. Food and Supplies Minister Shri Imran Hussain ordered the inquiry following instructions from the Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia after basic information which emerged from the verification exercise showed a mismatch in the details mentioned in some cards. Following the verification exercise conducted by the Food and Supplies Department, Shri Hussain has directed a thorough inquiry to be conducted within 10 days and responsibility of concerned officials be fixed. Vigilance cases will be initiated against those who have committed gross irregularities and FIRs will be filed, if required. Food and Supplies Department will conduct a door-to-door survey for cross checking of cards by establishing personal contact with card holders. The Minister has directed that the exercise, however, should not result in any harassment of card holders. It has also been directed that during the door-to-door survey wherever card holders are not found to be genuine, lists must be prepared containing the following information : i) Not found residing (ii) House locked (iii) Address not traceable (iv) Mismatch in names etc. Following this a thorough verification of the negative list will also be carried out and proper opportunity will be given to NFS card holders for rectification.

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Date: 30.09.2016 Food & Civil Supplies Department gears up for the festive season Food and Civil Supplies Minister Mr Imran Hussain on Friday reviewed the preparedness of the department for the coming festive season in a meeting with senior officials, including the Commissioner (Food and Civil Supplies) and the Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation (DSCSC). The Minister emphasized that the Delhi Government is committed to provide Specified Food Articles (SFAs) to the targeted sections of the society in a time-bound manner and the Department needs to gear-up efforts to provide wheat, rice and sugar to the eligible people, particularly in view of forthcoming festive season in a transparent manner. He also stressed on the need to resolve public grievances related to Public Distribution System in a timely and expeditious manner. Mr Hussain directed the Department to focus on major thrust areas including:- 1) Timely opening and closing of Fair Price Shops (FPSs) i.e. 9.00 AM to 1.00 PM and 3.00 PM to 7.00 PM in accordance with existing orders of F&S Deptt. 2) (a) Display of Notice Board at all the FPSs informing about License-Name and No. of Authority Letter, Stock as on date, Rates of commodities, Sample of SFAs, Timing of FPS, Weekly off day, Complaint register, Complaint No. etc., within 7 days. In case the display is already available, photographs of the same may be furnished. (b) The Notice Board shall also clearly mention the details for lodging complaints like location/address of offices, procedure of filing complaints,details of officers to be contacted etc. 3) Compulsory maintenance of Complaint Register at all the FPSs. 4) Details of the inspections of Stock Register, Sales Register, Master Register, Cash Memos carried out by NFS beneficiaries ( if any) to be submitted online on fortnightly basis. 5) Convening of regular Public Hearings by all the FSOs in their Circles and ACs in their Districts on 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month between 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM for resolving the public grievances expeditiously and online submission of the minutes by subsequent Tuesdays on the F&S Department’s website. 6) Regular convening of Vigilance Committee meetings at Circle, District and State level and submission of minutes of the meetings chaired by the Hon’ble MLA/Hon’ble MP and Hon’ble Minister.

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Holding the interim of Food and Civil Supplies Department, Water Minister Kapil Mishra announced the following instructions to be implemented by the Department across Delhi: In the next 7 days, all ration stores should put a large information board outside their stores which will clearly define the working hours of the store as well as the weekly off. The store will display prominently the license number, inventory stock of all commodities and their prices in clear words outside the store. The porcess and location for grievance notification and redressal should be communicated clearly. A complaints register is to be maintained in each and every store. Any ration card holder has the right to look at the stock register, sale register, ration card register and cash memos in their ration store Every FSO (Food and Supply Officer) will have to conduct a public townhall on the first and third Saturday of every month. This report will be submitted to the minister via the Commissioner All MLAs have been asked to conduct the monthly meeting of the ration committees. The Vidhan Sabha Ration Committee has been asked to submit their report via the Commissioner to the Food and Civil Supplies Minister फ़ूड एंड सीविल सप्लाई मंत्रालय द्वारा आज नए निर्देश जारी किये गए हैं – 1. अगले 7 दिनों के अंदर सभी राशन की दुकानों के बाहर बड़े बड़े अक्षरों में सूचना बोर्ड लगाने होंगे जिनमे दुकान के खुलने और बंद होने का समय व साप्ताहिक अवकाश का दिन स्पष्ट लिखा हो। 2. दुकान के बाहर लाइसेंस न. , सभी कमोडिटीज का उपलब्ध स्टॉक, उनका दाम स्पष्ट लिखना जरुरी। 3. शिकायत कहाँ करनी है, कैसे करनी है, इसका पूरा डिटेल बताना आवश्यक 4. एक शिकायत रजिस्टर हर दूकान में रखा होना जरुरी। 5. कोई भी राशन कार्ड धारक अपनी दुकान का स्टॉक रजिस्टर, सेल रजिस्टर, राशन कार्ड रजिस्टर और केश मेमो देखने व जांच करने का हकदार है। 6. हर FSO को महीने के पहले और तीसरे शनिवार जान सुनवाई करनी ही होगी व हर जनसुनवाई की रिपोर्ट कमिश्नर के माध्यम से मंत्री तक आएगी। 7. सभी विधायकों को राशन कमिटी की मासिक मीटिंग अवश्य करने के निर्देश भेजे गए है। विधानसभा की राशन कमिटी की रिपोर्ट कमिश्नर के माध्यम से मंत्री तक आएगी।

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Online delivery of services to fair-price shops is being planned by the government of Delhi. Services for which software for online delivery has been prepared include: grant of licenses and verification of manufacturers of weights and measures; renewal of FPS license fee and verification fee. Other technological improvements being planned to ensure efficient distribution include extension of ration card portability to all of Delhi, implementation of biometric authentication, and real time tracking of food-grain carrying trucks through GPS.

A pilot project for ration card portability has been carried out in the Delhi Cantt. assembly constituency. Ration card portability will allow the consumer to obtain rations from any fair price shop in his/her constituency, resulting in increased convenience and flexibility.

A policy for regularization of warehouses in Delhi has been framed and forwarded for further submission to DDA to be included under the draft Master Plan 2021. This will help in proper storage of essential commodities in warehouses in Delhi.

To check leakages in ration delivery, a pilot project to install point of sale (PoS) biometric authentication devices has been carried out in 40 fair price shops. Learnings from the project have been incorporated into the next phase, in which tenders have been floated to introduce this technique into all 2400 fair price shops in Delhi.

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Delhi govt to flag-off onion vans from wholesale markets on Friday afternoon Development Minister will flag-off 34 vans from Azadpur Mandi Simultaneously vans will be flagged-off from Okhla, Ghazipur & Keshavpur Govt to bear the cost of vans and manpower required for selling onions at model prices Onion prices continue to come down in Delhi’s wholesale market Govt Fair Price Shops continue to sell onions at a subsidized. Dated : 27-8-2015 Delhi government will flag-off vans carrying onions from four wholesale markets of the national capital to all 70 assembly constituencies on Friday, as part of its effort to ensure adequate supply of onions at reasonable prices. Development Minister Mr Gopal Rai will flag-off the 34 vans carrying onions from the Azadpur Mandi at 2:30 PM. Simultaneously, 16 vans from Ghazipur, 10 from Okhla and 10 from Keshavpur fruit and vegetable markets will be flagged-off by senior department officials. As per the government’s understanding with the Potato and Onion Merchant Association (POMA), these vans will sell onions at model rates, which will be decided by the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC). Delhi government is bearing the cost of the van and manpower to help wholesale traders sell their stock in open market at Mandi rates, so that there is no shortage of onions in the open market and this will also help in continuing the downward trend in onion prices. Development Minister Mr Gopal Rai reiterated there is no shortage of onions in the wholesale markets of Delhi and the decision to send vans in all 70 assembly constituencies will remove the fear in minds of public about shortage of onions. This new scheme is in addition to the Delhi government’s ongoing programme of providing onions at a subsidized price of Rs 30/kg at 280 Fair Price Shops (FPS) and through mobile vans. The government will review its decision of providing vans to wholesale traders after 15 days. ONION PRICES IN DELHI WHOLESALE MARKETS : Minimum price : Rs 18.75 per kg Model rate : Rs 41 per kg Maximum : Rs 49.59 per kg This price list shows that the trend of decline in onion rates is steadily continuing.

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Delhi government lowers the price of onions being sold by it from Rs 40 to Rs 30 per kg at 280 outlets Decision will lead to stabilization of onion prices in open market Government will bear the difference in cost of procurement, storage and selling price of Rs 30/kg New Delhi: 12/08/2015 The Delhi Cabinet in its meeting on Wednesday chaired by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, decided to lower the price of onions being sold at 280 government outlets and through mobile vans in the national capital to Rs 30 per kg, to take forward its initiative of providing good quality onions to the people at a reasonable price. This step would act as an effective market intervention mechanism to ensure stabilization of onion prices and consumer welfare for the people of Delhi. Market correction in onion prices had already begun after the government announcement last week to sell onions at Rs 40 per kg and the results were visible in retail prices in open markets and it also led to biggest retail chain in Delhi, SAFAL, lowering the prices of onions. Delhi government’s decision now to lower the selling price of onions (from Rs 40 to Rs 30 per kg) procured and stored through Small Farmers Agri Business Consortium (SFAC) at Nasik, will lead to a further reduction in the prices of good quality onions in the national capital. Delhi government has decided to bear the cost it will incur in selling onions at Rs 30 per kg at its outlets across the national capital, though the cost of procurement, storage, transportation and delivery is higher, since it is of the clear view that public should not suffer on account of fluctuation of prices of essential commodities. The government will bear the cost of onion prices stabilization till this product is available in good quality and abundant quantity at a reasonable price in the open market.

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E-RATION CARD FACILITY LAUNCHED AND DEDICATED TO THE PEOPLE OF DELHI BY CHIEF MINISTER, SHRI ARVIND KEJRIWAL,. THE CHIEF MINISTER SAID THAT RATION IS A RIGHT OF THE POOR PEOPLE AND NO CORRUPTION WILL BE TOLERATED AT ALL IN DENYING THIS RIGHT TO THE PEOPLE. E-RATION CARD WILL BRING IMMENSE CONVENIENCE TO THE PEOPLE OF DELHI – ARVIND KEJRIWAL MY GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO ERADICATE CORRUPTION IN PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM (PDS) AND ENSURE THAT THE ENTITLEMENTS REACH THE COMMON MAN- ARVIND KEJRIWAL E-RATION CARD IS LIKE LONG CHERISHED DREAM COME TRUE- SHRI MANISH SISODIA GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO PROVIDE ALL SERVICES THROUGH E-GOVERNANCE AND M-GOVERNANCE. MANY MORE SUCH SERVICES ARE IN THE PIPELINE- SHRI MANISH SISODIA PROBLEMS OF PEOPLE RELATING TO RATION CARDS AND DELIVERY OF RATION WILL BE RESOLVED PROMPTLY- SHRI ASIM AHMED KHAN DELHI HAS BEEN THE LEADER IN IMPLEMENTATION OF FOOD SECURITY.LAUNCH OF E-RATION CARD IS ANOTHER FEATHER IN THE CAP. SHRI K. K. SHARMA, CHIEF SECRETARY, DELHI New Delhi: 27/03/2014 Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister, Delhi today launched e-Ration card facility and dedicated it to the people of Delhi in a function held in the Auditorium, Delhi Secretariat. The function was attended by Shri Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Sh. Gopal Rai, Minister of Transport & Development, Shri Asim Ahmed Khan, Minister of Food Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Shri Manoj Kumar, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister (Food Supplies & Consumer Affairs), Shri K.K. Sharma, Chief Secretary, Delhi, MLAs, Shri Gautam Ghosh, DDG, NIC, Secretaries, Heads of Departments and people in large number. With launch of this facility Delhi has become the first and only State to have such facility, in the country. Shri Arvind Kejriwal also presented e-Ration cards to some of the beneficiaries present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Arvind Kejriwal complemented the efforts of the Minister, and officers of the Department of Food Supplies & Consumer Affairs and NIC for putting in place such an innovative and citizen friendly facility. He said that e-Ration card will bring immense convenience to the people of Delhi as it will cut down the delays in preparation and delivery of ration cards to the beneficiaries. Now the beneficiaries can print the ration card as soon as it is approved by the Department. As soon as the application for providing food security is approved by the Food Supply Officer concerned, a message will go on the mobile number of the beneficiary informing her about approval of her application and her ration card. The beneficiary can go to the portal of the Department http://nfs.delhi.gov.in enter the ration card number and other basic information and will be sent a password on her mobile phone. After entry of this password, the e-Ration card will be generated which can be stored in the electronic form and use to get ration. It can also be printed by the beneficiary from anywhere. Shri Kejriwal also distributed e-Rashan Cards to five consumers of PDS Ms Resma, Madhu, Taslim Jahan, Kamar Jahan on the spot by clicking the mouse. Shri Arvind Kejriwal further said that his Government is committed to eradicate corruption in the public distribution system. He further said that the strict action including registration of criminal cases will be taken and no one, indulging in diversion and black marketing of ration, shall be spared. He further said that many more e-governance initiatives will be launched including computerization of all the Fair Price Shops. The Chief Minister recalled his days as an activist, when along with Mr Sisodia and other colleagues, had launched a struggle in 2001 to eradicate ration mafia from parts of Delhi, particularly Sundar Nagri, Nand Nagri, Harsh Vihar and other places. The chief minister said that ration is a right of the poor people and no corruption will be tolerated at all in denying this right to the people. Shri Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister appreciated the efforts of the Department in making the public distribution transparent and providing the facility to enable people to monitor the functioning of the 70 offices of the Department online. He said that the e-Ration card is unique and to him it is like a long cherished dream of providing ration cards to eligible people in a hassle free manner coming true with this initiative. He said that the Aam Aadmi Party’s Government is working hard in the field of e-governance and m-governance and a large number of services will soon be provided at the click of a button through the websites and through mobile phones. Shri Sisodia commending the efforts of the Commissioner, Food and Supply, Shri S. S. Yadav, who also happens to be the Director, Information and Publicity advised him to launch a Publicity Campaign for percolating the message of availing this people friendly, long awaited facility to the common man. Speaking on the occasion Shri Asim Ahmed Khan, Minister of Food Supplies & Consumer Affairs thanked the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister for their guidance and support. He said that the Government is aware of the problems being faced by the people in getting ration cards and monthly quota of ration and is taking strict action against people indulging in malpractices. The problems being faced by the people are resolved on priority through multiple channels including the Face Book, Ration Helpline No. 1967, What’s App facility by making extensive use of SMS and so on. I would like to make sure the Hon’ble Chief Minister that we will vigorously pursue our commitment to provide all services in the e-governance mode to the people and with minimum human interface and make the public distribution system very transparent, effective and corruption free. Shri K.K. Sharma, Chief Secretary, Delhi said that he is really delighted that Delhi has become the first in the country today with the launch of e-Ration card facility by the Hon’ble Chief Minister. He further said that Delhi has taken a lead since beginning in implementation of the National Food Security Act and putting in place a robust e-governance system for the same. Today’s achievement is another feather in the cap.

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Several steps have been taken with regard to the public distribution system of Delhi. The e-ration card service launched by the Delhi Government in March 2015 resulted in higher transparency and efficient delivery of cards to about 5.57 lakh beneficiaries. 100% identification of beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act was achieved by September 2015.

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