Jammu Tawi, April 14
Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today advised all Departments to put their activities and services in digital mode so as to improve their public interface and bring in more transparency in their activities.
Addressing a gathering here after launching the Transparency Portal of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Department, the Chief Minister said bringing their activities and services onto online platform would not only encourage the deserving to get their rightful shares but also get the Departments an enhanced public interface as well.
Mehbooba Mufti said for a year now she has been working to evolve an online mechanism in the Government functioning wherein a common citizen would not have to move from table to table and office to office for redressal of his or her grievance. She said she is hopeful that such a system would be introduced soon giving the people the much needed relief.
The Chief Minister complimented the FCS&CA Department for the initiative adding that it would not only streamline the ration distribution by the Department in a transparent manner but also provide an opportunity for the consumers to directly communicate with the Departmental authorities.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh said the launch of the portal by the Department is a step forward in the digital revolution in the country. He stressed the need for undertaking awareness among people regarding the benefits of the online display of stock and supply position of ration. He also stressed that the step would help in bringing more transparency to the system.
Earlier in his address, Minister for Food Supplies, Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution (FSCAPD), Choudhary Zulfkar outlined the features of this portal. He said the entire supply chain of ration from procurement at FCI go downs to distribution centres would be on display on the portal, putting an end to the misgivings about the scarcity or non-availability of ration. He said the portal would be also used by consumers to register their grievances regarding any service of the Department.
Minister of State for Food Supplies, Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution, Ajay Nanda also addressed the gathering. Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr. Pawan Kotwal; IGP, Jammu zone, S D Singh; Secretary, Food Supplies, Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution, Shafiq Raina, senior officers of the Department and a large number of senior citizens were present on the occasion.