Submitting Aadhar in person imperative to ensure transparency: Dir CA&PD
Srinagar, Jan 15: Several CA&PD consumers of central Kashmirâ€™s Srinagar district on Friday expressed strong resentment over reports of curtailment in ration quota, alleging that the officials at the ration depots are refusing to provide monthly rations to them.
Aggrieved consumers said that since the last few days, they are being refused ration at the depots by the storekeepers. They alleged that the Department of CA&PD is putting consumers in trouble on one pretext or other.
â€œWe approached the concerned ration depot and sought rice as per quota which was being given previously. But the storekeeper deputed there all of a sudden demanded submission of the Aadhar card. We are being asked to complete this formality out of the blue and in these harsh weather conditions to avail the rationâ€, a consumer from the uptown Rawalpora area told Rising Kashmir.
He questioned that when the ration was being provided smoothly in the past without seeking any documents, why did a need arise to ask for the Aadhar cards all of a sudden, and that too when the closure of the National Highway and the cold weather has already put people in trouble.
Â â€œWe have learnt from some reports published in print media a few days ago that the CA&PD has curtailed the ration quota once again to the Srinagar district and now they are playing hide and seek in the name of formalities and the Aadhar cardâ€, the consumer alleged.
Another consumer from Nishat area said that CA&PD should come clean in this matter and stop harassing the consumers. â€œIs it possible in this harsh weather for the people to submit Aadhar cards and go without rations till they complete this formality? Has the Government established any facility or any help centre in the city in this regard?â€ the consumer asked.
Similar reports reached Rising Kashmir from parts of downtown where people also expressed resentment against the CA&PD for curtailing the rice quota.
Earlier, some media reports had said that the Department of Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution has curtailed the monthly rice quota to the Srinagar district by 10 thousand quintals, stoking anger among the public, who allege that the authorities are deliberately depriving them of basic facilities.
When contacted by Rising Kashmir, the Director Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution (CA&PD), Bashir Ahmad Khan refuted the allegations of curtailment in the ration quota.
â€œWe have not issued any order of curtailment in the monthly ration quota. We just impressed upon the consumers to bring Aadhar cards along with the person in order to set transparency in the distributionâ€, Khan said.
He also said that the CA&PD is providing ration according to the Census of 2011. â€œWe have repeatedly urged consumers to get enrolled through the Aadhar. We have also installed POS machines at ration depots to ensure transparency in the distribution system as all of us know that there are many discrepancies in the enrolment listsâ€, he said.
Khan added that the department has been impressing upon the consumers for the last eight months about these changes. â€œBut our repeated messages and missive fell on deaf ears.â€
He said that in the southern parts of Kashmir, the internet often remains shut. â€œStill, even in the areas like Shopian, most of the consumers have enrolled themselves on time. But only in Srinagar have people ignored our directives,â€ he claimed.
He urged upon the consumers across Kashmir to submit their Aadhar cards in person to the respective ration depots without any delay so that the distribution process will function smoothly.