Computerisation of PDS

For modernisation of the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) including ensuring that foodgrains reach the intended beneficiaries, Government has approved Component-I of Plan Scheme for End-to-end Computerization of TPDS Operations. Component-I of the scheme comprises activities, namely, digitization of ration card/beneficiary and other databases, computerization of supply-chain management, setting up of transparency portal and grievance redressal mechanisms.

The Scheme is approved for implementation in all States/UTs on cost-sharing basis under the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) at a total cost of Rs.884.07 crore, out of which Government of India™s share is Rs. 489.37 crore and States/UTs share is Rs. 394.70 crore. The cost sharing between Centre and States would be on 90:10 basis for North-Eastern States, whereas for other States/UTs, costs will be shared on 50:50 basis. National Informatics Centre (NIC) is the technical partner under the scheme and has prepared a Common Application Software (CAS) for use by States/UTs as per their requirements. Under the scheme, proposals for financial assistance have been received from 28 States/UTs. Upto 23.08.2013, a total of Rs.132.32 crore has been released to 13 States.

Use of biometric technology will ensure correct identification and authentication of the beneficiaries under TPDS. This will also enable de-duplication of bogus / ineligible ration cards or units therein.

This information was given by the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Prof. K.V. Thomas in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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