After promising an innovative scheme - own your vehicle - to provide transport services in rural areas,Transport Minister GS Bali Saturday said he proposes to empower citizens groups and Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) to periodically check quality of pulses and cooking oil supplied to ration-card holders under the PDS scheme.
Bali,who also holds Food and Supplies portfolio,said its first time that HP State Food and Supplies Corporation has gone for global bidding for bulk purchase of three pulses,cooking oil and iodized salt.
The previous BJP government has left a liability of more than Rs 160 crore for the government but some innovations,which he has undertaken will help save nearly Rs 8 crore in the first step of buying the pulses on the basis of the global bids.
Instead of three pulses supplied during the BJP government,the new government proposes to introduced replacements such as dal malka,urad and moong. Instead of refined oil,the consumers will get mustard oil. The tenders have been finalised by the government except in case of salt,where it had received only one bid. We will go for re-tenders, said B M Nanta,MD of HP State Food and Civil Supplies Corporation.
To check the quality of the items supplied at PDS outlets,the government will empower citizens groups and SDNs to periodically take random samples,which could be tested at any certified labs.
Earlier,on Friday,Bali had unfolded a plan to meet the shortage of the buses in the HRTC fleet. He said unemployed youths will be given an option to deposit Rs 1.50 lakh with the government and buy a new 25-seater bus. All the bank loans instalments will be paid by the HRTC.
The promoter will have to hire a driver while conductor will be from the HRTC. After six years,the bus will be transferred in his name. He will be asked to run the bus for another two year. This will save the HRTC from huge maintenance and operational costs beside providing bus service to the people in the rural areas.