The every quarter without putting in place precise

The concept of Zero Stock
Check is not a novelty for the system of stock accounting in FCI as the
same is applied to a stack of food grains as a unit. Even in the context of
depots with bulk storage structures like silos, Zero Stock Check is
applied to a silo as a unit and not to the entire Depot in one go. In other
words, Zero Stock Check which is commonly used as a management tool in
cases of bulk storage structures like silos by taking a silo as a unit, may
have limited application in case of storage of food grains in the form of stacks
in godowns / sheds in which case, a stack is the basic unit of stock
accounting; as such, it may, at the best serve as a tool for salvaging from a
state of total damage to regular stock accounting system. Introduction of Zero
Stock Check PV in all the FSDs in certain order or roster where there is
traditional system of storage in sheds in the form of stacks may be termed as
wasteful as it would result into underutilization of storage space and
unproductive expenditure on items of fixed cost which is avoidable too.
Therefore, policy decision to prescribe Zero Stock Check as Over the
Counter Solution for application in an arbitrary number of depots every
quarter without putting in place precise protocols for selection of depot and
its implementation merits immediate 
review. At the same time, necessity and urgency to take all required
steps to prevent further collapse of regular system of stock accounting and
restoring the same cannot be overlooked anymore and must be accorded top most
priority. It is therefore, necessary to put in place an accountability
structure and an appropriate internal control mechanism supported by a policy
of zero tolerance to any material deviation from standard protocols /
operating procedures prescribed in this respect by Storage Manual developed by
FCI. Can this goal be realized without revisiting the bonanza of reimbursement
of Operational Cost in the present manner is a million dollar question

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