Ram Vi­las Paswan

MIN­IS­TER FOR CON­SUMER AF­FAIRS, FOOD & PUB­LIC DISTRI­BU­TION

India Today - - 30 YEARS OF MODI GOVERNMENT | FOOD & AGRICULTURE - —Anilesh S. Ma­ha­jan

IT MAY BE A climb­down from his ear­lier stints as Union min­is­ter, but this is one of Ram Vi­las Paswan’s best runs. With a bit of hand­hold­ing from the PMO, his min­istry is close to fi­nal­is­ing the guide­lines for the amended Bureau of In­dian Stan­dards Act, digi­tis­ing records of food sub­sidy ben­e­fi­cia­ries, draft­ing changes to the Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Act, all this while zeal­ously mon­i­tor­ing com­mod­ity prices. Paswan says he’s “pas­sion­ate about mak­ing the con­sumer king”. To that end, he came down on dual pric­ing of pack­aged food, bar­ring eater­ies from levy­ing a ser­vice charge, fix­ing the li­a­bil­ity on celebri­ties for en­dors­ing ‘mis­lead­ing’ prod­ucts . His push for Aadhaar-linked pub­lic distri­bu­tion in states re­sulted in the can­cel­la­tion of 23 mil­lion fake ra­tion cards. The next big thing, he says, will be in­tro­duc­ing of ‘smart (ra­tion) cards’.

CHANDRADEEP KU­MAR

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