While various conditions have been included in the tender issued by the government to deliver flour to every home, the people of Bathinda will not get the benefit of this scheme. The main reason for this is that the case of not allotting any depot in Bathinda is going on in the High Court, the hearing of which is still going on in the Punjab Haryana High Court. New depots are to be allotted by Markfed under the scheme of delivering flour to every house in the rest of the districts. Along with this, Panchayat places are being seen to deliver flour to every house by Markfed after storing and milling the wheat in the villages.
Due to the preparations made by the state government, MSS will also be sent to each beneficiary on the first registered mobile number, which will also contain the name and mobile number of the flour delivery agent. While first the mobile numbers of all the beneficiaries under this scheme will be registered by the government. If the head of a family does not have a phone or does not receive an SMS, another member of the family will be notified by sending an SMS. While the payment process has also been kept easy for the convenience of the person giving the flour. If a person does not want to pay in cash, he will be able to pay through digital means as well. However, the grain delivery agent will also have to provide daily collection information.
CCTV on every vehicle delivering food grains to the person accepting the tender as per the conditions in the tender issued by the Punjab Government. Cameras will have to be installed so that the theft of benefits received by the people can be stopped. Even the agent who will be given the responsibility will have to wear a single t-shirt with the name of the agent written on it so that people know that this agent will deliver the ration to their homes. Currently, flour will be distributed to a total of 37,98,323 families in the state, for which a target of 72,500 metric tons of flour has been set every month.
On the other hand, this plan of the state government is being opposed by the Depot Holders Association. Santokh Singh, head of Bathinda Depot Holders Association, says that the government’s plan is not entirely clear as to how the ration will be delivered to people’s homes. While after this scheme, the work of many depot holders will be stopped. The government has made no mention of adjusting them in the new policy. He has announced his opposition to this plan of the Punjab government. He said that the first depot hodlers will become unemployed with this scheme. Officials of the department say that the plan will be implemented as soon as the tender is opened.
Zones thus created in the state
Zone I will have 225 Mbps in 45 blocks. Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, SBS Nagar, Ludhiana and Jalandhar districts will be included in it
Zone 2 will have 165 Mbps in 33 blocks. It will include Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Tarn Taran districts.
Zone 3 will have 160 Mbps in 32 blocks. It will include Faridkot, Ferozepur, Sri Muktsar Sahib, Bathinda and Fazilka districts.
Zone 4 will have 215 Mbps in 43 blocks. It will include Fatehgarh Sahib, Malerkotla, Patiala, Sangrur, SAS Nagar, Rupnagar, Barnala and Mansa.
Hip card in the state
Families coming under the scheme: 36,99,376
Antodya Anna Yojana : 98,947
Total : 37,98,323
Flour distributed per month: 72,500 MT per month.