Department of Food and Public Distribution has launched a new scheme “IM-PDS”: Danve

New Delhi, July 23: Department of Food and Public Distribution has launched a new scheme namely “Integrated Management of Public Distribution System (IM-PDS)” for implementation during 2018-19 and 2019-20.

The main objective of the scheme is to introduce nation-wide portability of ration card holders under National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA), to lift their entitlement foodgrains from any FPS in the country without the need to obtain a new ration card, by integrating the existing PDS systems/portals of States and UTs with the Central systems/portals, etc.

Keeping in view the physical progress under ongoing schemes and readiness for implementation of National Portability in few States, it has been decided to implement the National Portability on a pilot basis in two clusters i.e. Andhra Pradesh & Telangana (Cluster-I) and Gujarat & Maharashtra (Cluster-II) w.e.f. August 1, 2019.

Department of Food and Public Distribution in collaboration with States/UTs is implementing a scheme on ‘End-to-End Computerization of TPDS Operations’ to improve the efficiency and transparency in Public Distribution System (PDS) operations.

The scheme comprises digitization of ration cards/beneficiary and other databases, online allocation, computerization of supply-chain management, setting up of transparency portal and grievance redressal mechanisms.  Under the scheme online grievance redressal facility/Toll-free (1967/1800-series) number has been implemented in all States and UTs.

A statement showing the total number of ration cards issued, Fair Price Shops operational and other corrective measures taken (State/UT wise) is at annexure. This information was given in a written reply by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Shri Danve Raosaheb Dadarao in the Lok  Sabha today.



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