Consumers Are No Football


Right from my childhood days I have never seen getting monthly ration without a ration cards. But it looks as we are heading to an era of surprises with new useless initiatives with no fruit yielding results.  Despite more than two years the people of the valley have not been provided with the ration cards which to me is a cruel joke and mockery on the part of the authorities,  which include Tehsil supplies officers of the CAPD. 

If government has the intentions to stop the proliferation of fraud ration cards then it has failed. The practice can be repeated by such unscrupulous people by greasing the palm of the verifying agencies? . The forms were initially given free of cost but this time the authorities have fixed Rs.5/- as the cost of form, supposedly a good will gesture of the director CAPD, who seems less interested to speed-up the issue. 

What is happening in the department it is hard to understand by a common man.  People are used as football and authorities are fiddling with their sentiments,  perhaps due to unaccountability in CAPD.  

I also collected a form from the ration Ghat against the payment. No issue about the cost of form.  I filled-in the requisite columns of the form and switched over to my Ration Ghat where it was not entertained on the plea that the form will be collected by an agency comprising some 04 departments, who have been empowered to verify the facts about the form which no one knows where to submit after verification.  I am literally confused by such a practice which is not in vogue in Jammu being  part of our state. As we have been doing in the past by getting forms attested by any Gazetted officer for its submission at the respective ration ghat. Even the central government has issued instructions to all states to honor the self attestation   (Selfie) which is more powerful than a signature of any particular officer. 

Everything goes here contrary to the instructions for which the officers in the CAPD are responsible in creating confusion. Why such things occur in the CAPD repeatedly is not understandable.  Why the department of CAPD cant entertain the forms, as it has been doing from so many years through their respective ration ghats? Why people have been made to suffer in absence of ratio cards from the past more tha three years?  Something fishy looks within the CAPD department .  Does CAPD mean that we should keep our houses opened for the agencies to come at any time, despite the fact that most of the houses can be seen closed during day time because of office / Schools /colleges,  working classes and business establishments for the businessmen. There should have been a time frame for the agencies to verify the facts on the spot. This makes the issue tangible and it may take another  year for the verifying agencies to complete the formalities.

It would have been in the best interests of the people, had the department of CAPD used the same practice to deposit the forms at the respective ghats with all formalities done while filling-up  the forms, instead of creating a situation which is  troublesome and confusing for the ration card holders. The director CAPD may look in to the affairs of his department personally to ensure weather the things go as per ethics and work culture or these are against the people aspirations.  Better to speed-up the issue without involving outside agencies for collecting forms as we use ration tickets of 2012.  

Owais Khan 

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