Food Security Group for Improving the Targeted Public Distribution System

Food Security Group has been constituted by the Department of Food and Public Distribution, Government of India to engage the people and involve them in the initiatives being taken by the Department for bringing about improvement in its areas of operation.

Inputs from the citizens are sought on the following critical issues related to the Targeted Public Distribution System: Food Security Group

I. Correct Identification of Beneficiaries
(i) Exclusion/ inclusion criteria for identification of beneficiaries
(ii) Preparation of provisional list of beneficiaries, finalization of list, its verification and adoption.
(iii) Use of digitised beneficiary/ration card database and its verification
(iv) Continuous review for deletion of bogus/ ineligible ration cards and for issuance of cards to eligible beneficiaries
(v) Automatic electronic updation of database through ration card services

II. Securing the Supply Chain
(i) Door- step delivery i.e. transportation from FCI/ intermediate godown to FPS by States or their agencies
(ii) Use of innovations for tracking of food grains across the supply-chain
(iii) Confirmation of receipt and distribution of food grains at FPS and its accountal for subsequent allocations
(iv) Fixing of accountability and responsibility at all levels
(v) Use of IT for managing the supply chain operations – godown operations (inventory management, release orders, truck challans, etc) – payment by FPS dealers (electronic challans, use of payment gateway, etc.)

III. Delivery at the Last Mile
(i) Increasing FPS viability through reasonable dealer’s margins, sale of non-PDS items, incentives, etc.
(ii) Improving FPS network, infrastructure, performance etc. to increase efficiency and coverage
(iii) Steady de-privatization of FPS ownership
(iv) Innovations in distribution – bulk distribution, distribution on designated dates, distribution in presence of Vigilance Committee/ PRI members, monthly certification of distribution, etc.
(v) Use of IT based solutions for authentication of beneficiaries at FPS and confirmation of delivery of food grains
(vi) Automation of all processes at FPS – recording sale details, updating records for subsequent allocations, inspections, etc.
(vii) Portability of entitlement to any FPS as per beneficiaries’ choice

IV. Participatory Monitoring and Implementation
(i) Strengthening Vigilance Committees and ensuring their effective functioning
(ii) Increasing the role of PRIs, NGOs, civil society
(iii) Putting all TPDS information in the public domain
(iv) Use of electronic platform to monitor end-to-end TPDS operations
(v) Setting up effective grievance redressal mechanism – institutions of DGRO and State Food Commissions, call centres, toll free helplines etc.
(vi) Educating the beneficiaries of their entitlements
(vii) Strict action against defaulters – strengthening the administration and enforcement machinery

The last date for submission of your comments is 28th February, 2015.

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