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KURNOOL: Collector Ramsankar Naik has said food advisory panels under the chairmanship of the respective sarpanches would hold meet on the first Monday of every month to streamline public distribution system at village level.
He said the district administration often received complaints like excess prices, low weights and failure to distribute commodities to consumers in rural areas. It was thought that a vigilance system available locally would be opt to rectify the lapses, he said. The panels constituted by the government would be used to strengthen the system, Collector said.
Village sarpanch would head the food advisory committee while village revenue officer would act as convener. Gram panchayat would nominate two members and the representative of Gram Samakhya would be the third member.
In case of more than one ration shop in a panchayat, the meetings would be held two days. Any discrepancies in the functioning of the ration shop could be recorded in the minutes.
The respective Revenue Divisional Officer would inquire into the complaints of the Food Advisory Committee and initiate action in case of lapses. Besides reviewing the FP shop functioning at the monthly meetings, the members of the panel could conduct checks on any working day.
The shops would function between 8 a.m. and 12 noon and 4-8 p.m. on all working days between first and 18th of every month. After closing the stock position, the dealer would apply for the next month's quota, between 19th and 22nd of every month.
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