Now, FPS to be inspected regularly
In an apparent bid to clean up the Public Distribution System (PDS), the government has directed Civil Supplies Inspectors through a notification, to inspect every Fair Price Shop (FPS) once every six months.
Additionally, the Mamlatdar/Jt Mamlatdar in-charge of Civil Supplies at Taluka level have been asked to conduct at least five inspections in six months.
The onus has been put on the Mamlatdars and they have to ensure that inspections have to be conducted jointly.
It may be recalled that a circular dated October 7, 2008 had made it mandatory for Civil Supplies Inspectors to inspect each FPS once every six months. However, there were complaints that teh circullar was not being impelmented.
According to the circular, the inspections are mandatory as per Union Government guidelines and “should be strictly followed without any deviation.” The notification warns that any “non–compliance henceforth in this regards will invite serious action.”
The government has also decreed that physical verification of food grains stocks at godowns have to be checked through “surprise inspections” by the Mamlatdar or Joint Mamlatdar in-charge of civil supplies taluka section at least once in six months and submit the report to DCS “with findings if any.”
The notification also observes that instructions and circulars on inspections and disposal of work are “not being strictly followed by the taluka level officials.”
The government has directed that the work of the Controlling Officer (specified authority) at the taluka level which was previously looked after by the Taluka Mamlatdar will be entrusted to the Joint Mamlatdar of the Taluka.
Presently Mamlatdars are in-charge of civil supplies office under an arrangement existing since 1960s when in every Taluka there was only one post of Mamlatdar.
The taluka Inspector of Civil Supplies has also been asked to check or verify actual possession of Fair Price Shops periodically and to obtain a live certificate from the Fair Price Shop allotee at least once every year and submit the same to Director of Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs. [H]