BY TC News Desk
Agartala, 9th October 2023: In a significant development towards bolstering the Public Distribution System (PDS) and ensuring consumer welfare, a high-level video conference was convened today at the Secretariat Hall.
The session, presided over by Sushanta Chowdhury, Minister of Food, Public Procurement, and Consumer Affairs, delved into crucial topics impacting the functioning of the PDS.
The conference saw the participation of SDMs and representatives from Food Departments across eight districts of the state, all of whom engaged in in-depth discussions about the current status of the PDS at the field level. One of the key areas of focus was the distribution of essential commodities, particularly edible oil, at affordable prices to consumers.
Minister Chowdhury, in a bid to ensure a seamless supply chain, received detailed reports on the stock of food items in various divisions of different states. He directed the food department officials to align stock levels in warehouses with the demand, ensuring an efficient flow of goods.
The Minister also emphasized the importance of stabilizing prices of daily necessities in regular markets, especially in light of the approaching festive season. He underlined the need to thwart any black market activities and instructed officials to conduct on-the-spot monitoring.
In addition, Minister Chowdhury offered valuable insights to enhance the public distribution system, advocating for a collective effort from all stakeholders. He called for a dynamic approach in the Department of Food, Public Procurement, and Consumer Affairs, with the ultimate goal of comprehensive development for all, including consumers.
The conference was graced by the presence of key figures including Nirmal Adhikari, Director of Food, Public Procurement, and Consumer Affairs Department, and Additional Director Animesh Debbarma, along with various Sub-Divisional Authorities.