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EAS.02 : RLPP over PDS

  Modifications   for   Public   Distribution   System   -   Section   1   :   Preamble& nbsp

This Act provides modifications for PDS based on 3 administrative procedures - "Shop Selection", "Approval Filing" and "Expulsion of a misfit officer by Jury".

  Section   2  : Format of the act

2.1 Each clause of this law is a procedure or an instruction and has list of persons for whom that procedure/instruction is meant. That person may depute a person for that procedure, but he shall be responsible for the deputed person

2.2 In this text, the Minister will mean the Minister who is in charge of the Department of Civil Supply. The Supply Officer will mean the district or supply level officer who manages the Civil Supplies.

2.3 [Procedure/Instruction for Citizens ; Purpose - Expelling an "unworthy" officer who works for Civil Supply Department] If an officer does not execute a procedure listed in the lawís text, the citizens may approach the Grand Jury. But in any case, the citizen cannot complain before any judge under this law.

  Section   3   : Appointments of Senior Officers and their main powers

3.1 [Procedure for Minister ; Purpose - Appointment of senior officers] Within 2 days after passing this law, the Minister will resign or select 1 person for each district/city and appoint him as the Registrar for the PDS.

3.2 [Instruction for all Ministers ; Purpose - Funding of Registrarís operations] The Registrar will not get any pay or any funds from the State Government or Central Government. The Registrar may charge a monthly fee from every shopkeeper Rs 1.00 per ration card he per month.

    Section 4   :   IDs

4.1 [Instruction for Registrar] The Registrar will use ration card as an ID in the beginning.

4.2 [Procedure for Registrar] The Registrar may later issue an additional ID with photo and finger-print.

    Section   5   :   Allocation of goods under PDS

5.1 [Procedure for Minister ; Purpose - Deciding amount of food, kerosene each ration card will get] Based on availability, existing supply in the warehouses and the requirements, the Minister will decide the amount of kerosene and other subsidized goods a ration card user will get from the Department of Civil Supply each month. He will do so on at least 1 week before the month starts.

5.2 [Procedure for Minister ; Purpose - Same quota for everyone] The per family/individual quota for rural and urban areas will be same and quotas per family/individual in all districts/cities too will be same.

5.3 [Procedure for Registrar ; Purpose - Identification of rationing shops and dealers] The Registrar will issue a serial number to any person or company or co-operative which wants to take goods from the Civil Supply departmentís warehouses. The Registrar can charge an initial fee of Rs 100 and a monthly fee of Rs 100 from the shop-keeper.

5.4 [Procedure for Registrar/Clerks ; Purpose - Procedure by which citizen can specify his shop] The Registrar will appoint temporary clerks who will fill out the Shop Selection Forms, i.e. forms by which citizen can choose the shop-keeper. A citizen can approach a clerk with his ration card. The clerk will write the citizenís ration card number and the shopkeeperís serial number to whom the citizen wants to assign his Shares of subsidized goods. The citizen may re-assign his Shares any month to a different shopkeeper.

5.5 [Procedure for Registrar ; Purpose - Funding of procedure to select shop-keeper] The Registrar will charge a fee to cover the cost of the operation. The ration card owner will pay this fee.

5.6 [Procedure for Registrar] On 12th of every month or before, the Registrar will issue the list of shop-keepers and number of Shares card users have given them. The Registrar will allow the shopkeepers to transfer the Shares/Quotas to dealers between 13th and 20th the month. On the 22nd of the month the Registrar will issue number of Shares each shopkeeper/dealer has.

5.7 [Procedure for Supply Officer, Shopkeepers ; Purpose - Allocation of food, kerosene etc. from the Governmentís warehouses] The Supply Officer or the Tahsildar in-charge of distribution will allocate the goods to the shopkeepers/dealers according to the Shares depending on the number of citizens selected them using the Share selection procedure. The Supply Officer may charge a fee to cover the cost of distribution.

  Section   6   :   Approval for Supply Officer

6.1 [Guideline for Minister ; Purpose - Appointment of Supply Officers] The Minister of Civil Supply will appoint the District Supply Officer in district/corporation, subject to change after an effective consultation with the citizens.

6.2 [Procedure for Registrar ; Purpose - Allowing a citizen to apply for the position of Supply Officer] Any citizen of India who wants to br appointed as a Supply Officer by the Minister, in a perticular district, he will register himself with the Registrar. The Registrar will charge a fee of Rs 1000 for the registration. He will also have to pay a monthly fee of Rs 100 till the Approval is above 5% of all card users.

6.3 [Procedure for Registrar ; Purpose - Procedure by which Minister can consult citizens for the choice of Supply Officer] The Registrar will appoint clerks who will fill out Approval Forms when ration card user residing in that district city approaches him with a ration card and specifies the serial numbers of (at most 5) candidates he Approves for the position of Water Guard. The Registrar will allow him to give and change his choices on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (excluding holidays) of every month. The Registrar may charge a fee to the citizen for this operation of giving the Approvals. The Approvals are citizensí effective suggestions to the Minister and the CM.

6.4 [Procedure for Registrar] There will be at most one Approval per ration card. The Registrar will only allow the any of the first two family members of the ration card to submit the Approval.

6.5 [Procedure for Registrar] The Registrar will publish the Approval Counts of every candidate on 12th (or earlier) of every month, and will send a copy to the Minister.

6.6 [Procedure for Minister ; Purpose - Voluntarily respecting citizensí opinion, as per the Constitution of India] If any candidate is Approved by highest number of card users and over 25% of ALL card users, the Minister will resign or will appoint him as new Supply Officer in that District/City within 2 days.

6.7 [Procedure for the Minister ; Purpose - Replacement of Supply Officer] If any candidate is Approved by over 25% of ALL card users and his approval is 5% more than existing Supply Officer, the Minister will resign or appoint that candidate as new Supply Officer within 2 days.

6.8 [Instruction for Minister] The Minister will allow citizens to appoint same person as the Supply Officer of more than one district, if he is Approved by highest number of card users and over 25% of ALL card users in that District.

    Section   7   : Jury to expel officer

7.1 [Procedure for Minister] Within 2 days after this law is passed, the Minister will resign or will appoint a Jury Administrator (JA) for each district. His term will be 1 year.

7.2 [Instruction for Minister, JA] JA will not get any additional pay or any funds from the State Government or Central Government. JA may charge a monthly fee from every shopkeeper Rs 0.25 per ration card user per month. The Registrar will collect this funds.

7.3 [Procedure for JA, Registrar ; Purpose - selection of members of Brihud Jurors] JA will randomly select and summon 30 ration card users of that district. They will form the Grand Jurors. If the summoned citizen does not appear, the Registrar will void his ration card for 1 year and JA may select an additional card holder. In each case, JA will summon the first or second family member in the card. On 1st , 11th and 21st of a month, 10 members will retire and new members will be randomly selected. If any citizen has evidences against the Registrar, Supply Officer or his staff member, he will send it to the Grand Jurors. If majority of the Grand Jurors agree that the evidences expose possible corruption or irregularity and needs detailed examination, the Grand Jurors will send the complaint to the JA. The JA will select 10 card users at random. If a summoned citizen does not appear, he will not get ration card goods for 1 year. These 10 citizens will form the Jury.

7.4 [Procedure for JA ; Purpose - Review of complaint by citizens] Both, the defense and the complainer will present their case for at least 2 alternate days, 2 hours a day each day. When 6 out of 10 Jurors say that they have heard enough, the case will go on for exactly 2 more days. On the third day, if 6 out 10 Jurors request the case to continue, then only the case would continue, or else it will terminate. The Jurors will discuss the case for 2 hours and then announce the verdict.

7.5 [Procedure for JA, Minister ; Purpose - Procedure for Minister to voluntarily consult citizens] If over 7 out of 10 Jurors say that the officer is misfit to serve the citizens, the Minister will resign or transfer that officer from Civil Supply Department within 1 day. If over 7 of the 10 Jurors say that the officer has made a small mistake and then the officer will resign or will pay a fine of Rs 500 - Rs 5000 to the complainer from his personal income. The Jurors will decide the exact fine. If 3 or more Jurors declare that officer has done nothing wrong, he will continue as before.

7.6 [Instruction for Minister, Registrar, JA etc.] The Jurors will judge this law, guidelines, intentions as well as the facts related to the case.

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