|The Department of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Kashmir earlier called Food Control Department has been established in the year 1930 and is playing a pivotal role by ensuring availability of food grains to the targeted population of 56.88 Lakh Souls in the division as per Census 2001, excluding Marwa/Warwan areas under TPDS through a network of 2004 (Two Thousand and Four) Government Sale
centers and 1162 (One Thousand One Hundred and Sixty Two) Fair Price Shops established for the purpose. The Department is
benefiting the poorest of the poor identified families under the Antodoya Anna Yojna (AAY) and other families living below poverty line, on the basis of allotted allocation under AAY & BPL categories. The Department also regulates and monitors the availability of essential commodities on the rates fixed by it. Besides, providing food security to the masses, the department also exercises control in curbing the menace of black marketing, profiteering, hoarding, etc by conducting regular market checks facilitating consumers to purchase essential commodities at prescribed/affordable rates. The rates of essential commodities are being periodically fixed and reviewed by the Department. The defaulters are duly
penalized and appropriate action is taken against them under the provisions of Essential Commodities Act, 1955 and other orders governing the subject which includes lodging of FIRS and recovery of fine from them thus
benefiting the State exchequer also. The Department also provides employment opportunities to the educated unemployed youth of the division by issuing licences for Fair Price Shops/Retail K.Oil outlets/Wholesale/Retail Mutton and Shalli Husking Mills are issued as per prescribed guidelines, enabling them to earn their livelihood which results in improving their standard of living. The consumers of the area are also benefitted by establishment of these outlets enabling them in fetching the food grains/other essential commodities at their door steps periodically in a time bound manner.
There are two Directorates of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department in the State, one for Kashmir and the other for Jammu Division. These Directorates are under the Administrative control of the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department at the Secretariat Level which is headed by an officer of the rank of Commissioner/Secretary to Government.
At the provincial level, the Directorate is
headed by the Director who is a major head of the Department in
terms of Jammu & Kashmir Book of Financial Powers. The post is
borne on KAS cadre and is held by senior KAS/IAS Officers. He
exercises the administrative and financial control over the
whole province and consults the Commissioner/Secretary to
Government CA&PD, J&K in all proposals financial and
administrative which require the approval of the Government. He
is assisted by Joint Director (Adm), Chief Accounts Officer,
Deputy Director Supplies, Deputy Director Planning, Deputy
Director Ladakh Supplies and other necessary staff to carry out
the day to day working in the Directorate.
The Joint Director (Adm)
Provides assistance to the Director in all the
administrative matters. The assistance is provided on the issues
pertaining to establishment, legal and matters including
disciplinary proceedings, complaints and other issues related to
the administration. He also functions as Vigilance Officer of
The Chief Accounts Officer
Provides assistance in the field of
financial/account matters. He is also the drawing and disbursing
officer of the Directorate. He formulates the budget and
monitors the Non-Plan expenditure.
The Deputy Director Supplies
Provides assistance in fixation of rates of essential commodities, issuance of licences in respect of Wholesale/Retail K.Oil dealers, Mutton dealers and other matters relating to monitoring and regulating of supplies of essential commodities at fixed rates.
The Deputy Director (Planning)
Deals with the planning apparatus which includes formulation/implementation of schemes. He monitors all the schemes being implemented in the field and provides necessary assistance to the Director in effective implementation of the schemes under the control of the department.
The Deputy Director Ladakh Supplies
Assists the Director in dispatches/monitoring of supplies to Ladakh region as per the approved action plan. Besides he also oversees the functioning of Roller Flour Mills.
The Deputy Director North
Exercises control over the Districts of Kupwara, Baramulla and Bandipora. He supervises the distribution of food grains and other essential commodities in the Districts falling under his jurisdiction.
The Deputy Director South
Exercises control over the Districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam. He supervises the distribution of food grains and other essential commodities in the Districts falling under his jurisdiction.
The Deputy Director Central
Exercises control over the Districts of Srinagar City, Ganderbal and Budgam. He supervises the distribution of food grains and other essential commodities in the Districts falling under his jurisdiction.
Likewise, the Assistant Directors of CA&PD monitor the supply/distribution of food grains released to the districts and provide all necessary assistance to the District administration on behalf of the Department. He is being assisted by Chief Inspector, Tehsil Supply Officers and other staff posted in the respective district.
The Directorate of Consumer Affairs and Public
Distribution Kashmir exercises control over the following ten
Districts of Kashmir and two Districts of Ladakh Region:-