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Government of India
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
23-November-2010 15:52 IST
Over 178 Lakh Bogus Ration Cards Deleted
Government has been getting the functioning of Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) evaluated from time to time. These evaluation studies have, inter-alia, pointed out inclusion/exclusion errors, leakages/diversion of foodgrains, etc. To streamline the functioning of the TPDS, a Nine-Point Action Plan was evolved in 2006, which is under implementation by the State/UT Governments. As a result of implementation of this action plan, 25 State/UT Governments have reported by 30.9.2010, deletion of 178.87 lakh bogus/ineligible ration cards.

Strengthening and streamlining of TPDS is a continuous process. To improve functioning of TPDS, Government has been regularly requesting State/UT Governments for continuous review of lists of BPL and AAY families, ensuring timely availability of foodgrains at FPSs, ensuring greater transparency in functioning of TPDS, improved monitoring and vigilance at various levels and introduction of new technologies such as Computerization of TPDS operations at various levels.

The Working Group on Food and Public Distribution, chaired by Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission and including Chief Minister, Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister, Assam and Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister as other Members, is deliberating on and will recommend measures for better and effective delivery of essential commodities to the vulnerable sections of the society and augmentation of warehouses & storage capacity including cold chain.

Terms of Reference of the Group includes suggestions of strategies/plans of action, inter-alia, for:

(i) Finalizing number of BPL beneficiaries
(ii) Streamlining and strengthening TPDS
(iii) Web enabled computerization of PDS System (including FCI godowns)
(iv) Enhancing storage capacity.

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

MP:CP:rationcards (23.11.2010)