Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh government has decided to convene meetings of Gram Sabhas in all its Panchayats to include eligible families, which were left out, under the Rajiv Gandhi Anna Yojana scheme.
Instructions have been issued to all the Deputy Commissioners to ensure that Special Gram Sabha meetings are convened on December 1, so that all left out eligible families may be identified to be incorporated in Rajiv Gandhi Anna Yojna, an official spokesperson said.
The families in which there are no earning members would be identified afterwards and complete information regarding this scheme would also be made public at Gram Sabha meetings, the spokesperson said.
Action will be initiated against those Gram Panchayats which do not complete the entire process within the prescribed time limit, he said.
Over 37 lakh consumers are getting subsidised foodgrains under the scheme in Himachal Pradesh, he said.
The scheme, among other benefits, aims to empower women and it has been decided to issue ration card of the beneficiary family in the name of senior most adult female member of the family.
In case the eligible family has no adult female member, the Ration Card will be issued in name of male head of the family and would be transferred in the name of female member as soon as she turns 18, he said.
Vigilance committees have been constituted at state, district, block and fair price shop level for successful implementation of this scheme and a toll-free help line number has been provided by the Directorate of Food and Civil Supplies for redressal of public grievances, he said.
A scheme for Door Delivery Scheme up to Fair Price Shops of State Civil Supplies Corporation is also being started on pilot basis in Kangra district so that people get food grains without delay, he said.
Efforts are being made to augment the storage capacity of food grains and a proposal of Rs 16.67 crore for end-to-end computerisation has been submitted to the central government for more effective functioning of the scheme. The state government has recently decided to increase the outlay for distribution of subsidised foodgrains the scheme from Rs 175 crore to Rs 237 crore.