Chandigarh, May 20: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has ordered the constitution of vigilance committees at the district, block, and fair price shop levels to monitor the distribution of wheat under the National Food Security Act, 2013. These vigilance committees shall also monitor the home delivery of atta, which is expected to be started anytime soon.
Punjab Minister for Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs Lal Chand Kataruchak said the present government had laid a special emphasis on strengthening people’s participation in governance and, therefore, all these committees should have substantial public representation.
The vigilance committees shall be tasked with supervising the implementation of all schemes under the NFSA Act, the Punjab Cabinet minister added.
The committee should also inform the district administration in writing about any violation, malpractice or misappropriation of funds found by it in the implementation of these schemes, he added.
Elaborating on the composition of the committees, the Punjab minister said there should be a fair representation of all sections of society be it Scheduled Castes, backward classes, women or the actual beneficiaries of the scheme. This should ensure that these committees were fair in their work and they empathised with the poorer sections of society.
Notably, the Punjab Government is distributing wheat @ 5kg per beneficiary per month to 1.5 crore individuals which translates to 40 lakh families.
Antodaya families are getting a uniform allocation of 35 kg per month per family.
Recently, the Cabinet had approved home delivery of atta to the beneficiaries, which is scheduled to commence from October 1, 2022.