Jamshedpur: A one day division level conference of members of state-level, district-level and block-level vigilance committees and Consumer Protection Council was organized at Birsa Munda Town Hall, Sidhgora, on Monday.
It was chaired by the state Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs Minister Saryu Roy. The participants were enlightened about Public Grievances Management System (PGMS) on the occasion.
Roy said the main purpose of the programme was to ensure that the beneficiaries of various schemes run under the Public Distribution System (PDS) shops get ration in the right quantity and at the right time.
He said the dealers and vigilance committee members should always be conscious of their duties towards the beneficiaries and make sure that they get the full amount of foodgrains and ration items and that too in time.
He said it was the duty of the vigilance committee members to inform the additional deputy commissioner (ADC) about dealers giving poor quality foodgrains to the people.
He said complaints were often received against dealers who sold good quality rice and supplied inferior quality rice to the beneficiaries. Such people should not unpunished, said the minister.
“Every month, the secretary of the State Food Corporation will seek information from the ADC regarding complaints received by him and those disposed by him. If any shop owner gives you under-weighed ration or other material, lodge a complaint without delay.
It is your right not to be cheated this way by any trader. The dealers and vigilance committee members should find out names of those people who are getting ration without being entitled to take the same,” said Roy.
Roy said complaints regarding PDS dealers or other traders can be made on toll free numbers or through government portals or agencies.
The conference was also attended by MP of Jamshedpur Bidyut Baran Mahato, Zila Parishad chairperson Bulu Rani Singh, vice president Rajkumar Singh, special rationing officer Bindeshwari Tatma, ADC Sunil Kumar and BDOs of the three districts of Kolhan.