New Delhi: The Haryana government will now supply ration and other essential commodities under the PDS at the doorsteps of people during the lockdown in the wake of coronavirus scare. Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala, who holds the portfolio of food and civil supplies, told officials during a meeting that ration/provisions that ought to be given under the Public Distribution System during April should be issued by April 5. Arrangements for distribution of PDS items in coordination with district administrations in Haryana should be ensured, he told officials.
Under the PDS, flour is supplied by different mills. But now it has been decided to issue wheat under the PDS.
He also directed District Food Supplies Controllers and District Excise and Taxation officials to ensure availability of wheat, rice, pulses, edible items at all retail sellers in their respective jurisdictions during the lockdown.
The Haryana Food Supplies Department has issued a list of 22 items under the PDS, adding masks, sanitisers and gloves.
The government has said that no wholesaler or retailer or chemists would hoard these items and not charge more than the MRP from the public.
The prices of pulses have been approved by Nafed and the Food and Supplies and other officials are expected to hold meetings with traders bodies to convey the same.
Officials have been asked to ensure sufficient forage for domestic cattle, as well as sufficient stocks of milk and its powder at processing plants. They have been directed to keep the headquarters informed in this regard.
Sufficient stocks of vegetables in districts with high yield be ensured so that those facing shortage should be supplied the same.
The officials were also directed to ensure availability of sufficient number of vehicles for transportation of essential commodities in cooperation with Deputy Commissioners concerned, police and transport department officers.