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Government of India
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
03-September-2012 13:43 IST
Computeriation of PDS
All States/Union Territories (UTs) have been requested to undertake end-to-end Computerization of Public Distribution System (PDS). End-to-end Computerization of PDS includes Digitization of Ration Cards and Creation of Beneficiary Database, Computerization of Supply–Chain Management, Fair Price Shop (FPS) Automation, Setting up of Transparency Portal, etc. This information was given by Prof. K.V. Thomas, Minister for Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution System in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister stated that under the guidelines issued by the Department of Food and Public Distribution, States/ UTs are encouraged to include PDS related fields in the data collection exercise being undertaken by various UIDAI appointed Registrars as part of the UID (Aadhaar) enrolment. As per these guidelines, as far as possible, State/UT Governments should also link the process of electronic authentication of delivery and payments at the FPS level with Aadhaar registration. This would help in streamlining the process of biometric collection as well as authentication of beneficiary at the time of commodity issuance at FPS, the Minister added.