Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Nagaland on Wednesday flayed the existing public distribution system (PDS) of essential commodities in the state, implying that government appointed contractual state stockists and nominees were indulging in “random mismanagement” of foodgrains meant for the public.
A press release issued by state BJP general secretary Yambos Murry stated that commodities like APL, BPL rice, wheat, annapurna rice, AAY rice etc., were received from central pool every month, however the state government failed to invest money on essential commodities for delivery of foodgrains. Murry asserted that monthly deposit of money for foodgrains was arranged through state stockists and district nominees, which “invites the syndicate to manipulation practices”, he added.
Pointing out that state stockiest and district nominee were not at liberty to hold back or stock commodities at their godowns for excessive period of time as they were only authorized for transportation and conveyances during their one year contractual period, Murry underscored the need for the government to protect and safeguard the rights of general public and not surrender everything to private firms.
BJP Nagaland also called upon Food Corporation of India (FCI) which channels monthly quota of central schemes for states, to follow central guidelines before issuing commodities and mark each item for identification of different category on every scheme.
In connection with the above, state BJP has demanded enforcement of targeted public distribution system (TDPS) and urged the state government to form a vigilance committee to check misuse of essential commodities, a district consumer forum and district consumer redressal council at the earliest.