Chandigarh, May 20
Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has ordered the establishment of vigilante committees at district, block and fair price store levels to monitor the distribution of wheat under the National Food Security Act 2013.
These committees will also monitor the home delivery of “atta”, which should start soon.
Minister of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumption, Lal Chand Kataruchak, said the government had placed particular emphasis on enhancing popular participation in governance and therefore the committees would have representation substantial public.
Vigilance committees would be responsible for overseeing the implementation of all programs under the national food safety law, he said.
They would also notify the district administration in writing of any violation, malpractice or embezzlement found in the implementation of the programs, he added.
The minister said fair representation of all sections of society including scheduled castes, backward classes, women or beneficiaries of the regime would be ensured. This would ensure that the panels were fair in their work.
The state government distributes wheat @ 5 kg per beneficiary per month to 1.5 crore individuals, which translates to 40 lakh families. Families in Antodaya receive a uniform allowance of 35 kg per month per family.
Recently, the Cabinet had approved home delivery of “atta” to beneficiaries, which is expected to start from October 1.