In a meeting with the officers of the Food & Civil Supply Department on Friday evening for implementation of National Food Security Act 2013 and distribution of food grains to the NFSA beneficiaries, Chief Minister said Arunachal Pradesh Civil Supplies Transport Corporation (APCSTC) will be created to carry out the works of transportation and wholesale nominee for the entire state. He asked the department to expedite the creation of APCSTC at the earliest.
The state govt has also reviewed the terms and conditions for the appointment of PDS Carriage Contractor and decided to discontinue the separate Wholesale Nominee. By doing this, govt eliminates the provision for Wholesale Nominee Commission system. From this year only, the Carriage Contractors shall be appointed and drawal, storage and distribution across the district shall be part of the duties and responsibilities of the carriage contractor.
It was decided to minimize allocation of PDS rice to rice producing districts and to add more to the districts that totally depends on supply of PDS Rice. Tawang, West Kameng, Kurung Kumey, Upper Subansiri, Dibang Valley, Anjaw, Longding and Tirap are PDS dependent districts.
It was also decided to re-introduce air-lifting of Essential Ration Commodities (ERCs) to the CPO Centres in the remote outpost in order to do away with the head load system. In this regard, CM directed the departmental authorities to send a proposal for airlifting of foodgrains to air-fed locations for further submission to Govt of India for placement of Cargo helicopter for the purpose.
The govt further decided to install Point of Sale (PoS) devices starting with the FPS of the Capital Complex and District Headquarters. To meet up the procurement, installation and operation of Point of Sales devices an estimated proposal of Rs 2.00 crore has been made for onward submission to DONER Ministry. It was decided that the remaining FPSs in districts shall also be covered in phase wise manner.
As mandated by the Govt of India, AADHAAR seeding of the NFSA beneficiary database will be done as it is being monitored on weekly basis by PMO Pragati meeting.
The govt further decided to establish FCI depots in all the district headquarters, to allocate Food Security Allowance to all the Deputy Commissioners well in advance and to give relaxation of time from one month to three months (quarterly) for payment of Food Security Allowances.
To facilitate the poor beneficiaries, govt decided to introduce DBTL for direct transfer of subsidy amount of foodgrains to the bank account of the beneficiary in the Capital Complex and urban pockets where online network connectivity and banking facilities are available after ensuring cleanliness of beneficiary data through Aadhaar and Bank Account seeding.
He asked the department to put up the proposal for creation of 9 posts of District Food & Civil Supply Officers for Kra-Daadi, Upper Siang, Siang, Lower Siang, Dibang Valley, Kurung Kumey, Anjaw, Namsai and Itanagar Capital Complex to meet up the shortage of officers in the department.
There are no sanctioned posts of DF&CSO in these districts.
It was also decided to merge the Directorate of Supply & Transport with the Directorate of Food & Civil Supplies. This has been decided to meet up the man power requirement for successful implementation of NFSA. (PRO, CMO)