The Department of Consumer
Affairs and Public Distribution provides foodgrains
including Sugar and Kerosene oil to consumers in every
nook and corner of the State. As per Cabinet decision
No.166/13/2015 dated:02-12-2015, the National Food
Security Act, 2013 has been implemented in the whole
of the J&K State with effect from 01-02-2016 vide
Government Order No.01-CAPD of 2016 dated:04-01-2016
with the objective to provide access to adequate
quantity of quality food at affordable prices.
Currently foodgrains are received by the State from
the Government of India, for distribution to the AAY,
Priority Household (PHH) and Non-priority Households (NPHH).
The Department also plays an active role in managing
the supplies of other essential commodities and also
keeping check on market prices.
Department has also established the Consumer Redressal
Agencies to protect the rights of the consumers. These
agencies have proved to be fruitful institutions for
redressing the grievances of the consumers. The State
and District Consumer Councils have also been
established under the Consumer Protection Act, 1987 to
promote and protect the rights of the consumers. The
Department also has a Legal Metrology Wing responsible
to bring uniformity in respect of Weights and Measures
in trade and commerce and regulate sale of goods in
package form. The Officers of Legal Metrology Wing are
authorised to institute complaints in the Consumer
Forum on behalf of aggrieved consumers.