Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
10-December-2010 16:46 IST
Computerization of PDS Operations
Government has approved implementation of the scheme of computerization of Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) operations in a phased manner to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the TPDS. In the first phase, the scheme has been approved for implementation on pilot basis in three districts each of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh and Delhi and piloting of foodgrain bag tracking in one district in Chhattisgarh. The scheme shall concentrate on key functional area, namely, allocation, off take reporting, storage, movement, finance, licensing & regulation and grievance redressal.

A pilot scheme on Smart Card based delivery of essential commodities has also been approved for Chandigarh UT and Haryana. Under the scheme, existing ration cards are to be replaced by Smart Cards.

Government has issued directions to State Governments to streamline functioning of TPDS by enforcing provisions of PDS (Control) Order, 2001. Government has also issued instructions to States/Union Territories to strengthen functioning of TPDS by improving monitoring mechanism and vigilance, increased transparency in the functioning of TPDS, use of Information and Communication Technology tools and improving the efficiency of Fair Price Shop operations.

TPDS is operated under the joint responsibility of the Central and the State/Union Territory Governments. Central Government is responsible for procurement, allocation and transportation of foodgrains upto the designated depots of the Food Corporation of India. The operational responsibilities for allocation of foodgrains within the States/UTs, identification of eligible Below Poverty Line (BPL) families, issuance of ration cards to them and supervision of Fair Price Shops (FPSs) rest with the concerned State/UT Government.

Complaints as and when received by the Central Government about malpractices in TPDS, including leakage/diversion of foodgrains, are sent to the concerned State Governments/UT Administrations for inquiry and necessary action.

This information was given by Prof. K.V. Thomas, Minister of State for Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

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