Jammu: In compliance with the changes suggested by the Union Government in the country’s Public Distribution System (PDS), the Jammu & Kashmir government is all set to withdraw the Above Poverty Line (APL) and Below Poverty Line (BPL) cards from the state.

The Central government is contemplating some major changes in the PDS by the introduction of National Food Security Act (NFSA).

The Union Government aims at ending the concept of ration distribution on APL, BPL and 'Annapurna yojna'.  NFSA will have only two categories – General and Primary.  The concept is simple and straight forward, people coming under Primary category will get ration on subsidized rates, whereas General cardholders will not get any subsidy.

Another significant change is that now ration will not be given on basis of family. Each individual will have a separate ration quota. People are required to submit their monthly income certificate so that government can enlist them under different categories.

Under the present system, even the families which have an income worth several lakhs per month too are eligible to avail subsidy in ration.

The J&K government has speeded up its effort for the introduction of NFSA in the state. The issue of NFSA is likely to be discussed in the forthcoming meeting of food ministers of states and Union, scheduled in the next month.

Confirming this fact, Director of Consumer Affairs and Public - Distribution Department, Parvez Ahmed Malik said, “People with handsome income will not be entitled to avail the subsidy in ration. The act is being framed in order to deliver subsidized ration only to the deserving people.”

JPN\Bureau