The State Government has launched a scheme for providing free LPG connections and free ration to the disaster affected families, said Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu while chairing a 173rd meeting of the Board of Directors of Himachal Pradesh State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited here on Saturday evening. He stated that eligible beneficiaries have already started receiving the benefits under the scheme and directed the Food and Civil Supplies officers to monitor effective implementation of the scheme ensuring that the affected people get their due rights.
Sh. Sukhu said that the affected families were being provided a LPG Cylinder, pressure regulator, hot plate and suraksha pipe. The State Government was covering all associated expenses, including the cost of LPG domestic refill and the Blue books.
To ensure that the affected families have access to nutritious food, the state government is providing free ration that includes 20kg wheat atta, 15kg rice, three kg pulses, one litre Mustard oil, one litre Soya refined oil, one kg double fortified salt and two kg sugar. The free ration aid will be provided until March 31, 2024, ensured the Chief Minister.
Sh. Sukhu said that the State Civil Supplies Corporation did a business of Rs. 1955 crore in the 2022-23 fiscal and its net profit stood at Rs. 87 lakh.
Chief Minister lauded the Corporation for establishing itself as trustworthy and a dealer of quality products. He directed to make the Corporation a fully digitalized, commercial and professional entity. He further said that for procuring FMCG products, the Corporation should sign MoUs with the leading companies like Godrej and Bajaj so that consumers get quality at the cheapest rates.
Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu also asked the Corporation to open 52 new Fair Price Medicine Shops in various government health institutions across the State to facilitate patients by offering them medicines and other surgical equipments at reasonable rates.
Non-official directors of the Corporation, Principal Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies, R.D. Nazeem, Principal Secretary, Finance, Maneesh Garg, Secretary, Health, M. Sudha Devi, Managing Director, State Civil Supplies Corporation, Rajeshwar Goel, Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Sandeep Kadam, Executive Director, State Food and Civil Supplies Corporation, Sachin Kanwal and other senior officers were also present at the occasion.