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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Dharamsala, September 26, 2013
Days after a huge consignment of wheat meant for Public Distribution System (PDS) was seized in Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh government is planning to install CCTV cameras in all godowns and warehouses owned by the food and civil supply department to get a first-hand information on the movement and distribution of grain.

"Government is working on a plan to install CCTV cameras in state government-owned godowns to plug smuggling of items meant for the public distribution system (PDS)," Bali said, while addressing mediapersons here on Thursday.

Apart from installing CCTVs, high boundary walls would be erected around godwons, Bali said, adding that the government has also proposed swap card system in warehouses to keep a complete check on distribution of PDS ration system.

"The project has been submitted to the Centre for necessary financial assistant," Bali said, further adding that strict action would be taken against those, who were found indulged in smuggling of PDS wheat in Chamba district.

Replying to a query on peculiar situation prevailing in the distribution of LPG cylinders in state due to Supreme Court's ruling on linking Aadhar card for subsidy, Bali said the Centre was filing a review petition in the apex court regarding the issue.

Those, who have not linked their Aadhar cards for direct benefit transfer are getting LPG cylinder at Rs. 1,000, while those who have linked it were getting on subsidised rate of Rs. 470.

"I will also raise the issue with the union petroleum minister," Bali said.

He added that the problem needs to be sorted out at the earliest. Bali earlier held a review meeting with district officials over the ongoing developmental works.

The minister said for effective implementation of recently launched food security scheme, officials have been directed to speed up the work.

"Special gram sabhas will be held to identify the population, who are eligible to get the food grains under this bill, while gram panchayats and rations depots have been directed to display the directions of the act," Bali said, adding that divisional commissioners have been given the powers of the commission, which was to be constituted under the act.

Bali further informed that the officials have been directed to curb wasteful expenditure while excise and taxation department have been asked to speed up the collection of revenue. He said all loopholes would be plugged.

Bali also sought details of the pending works of various departments, while forest officials were directed to furnish details of increase in green cover in state in the past one decade.

He directed officials to hold awareness campaigns to propagate the centre-government runs schemes among masses.