Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) by the Government

04 February 2021 Current Affairs:

The Government of Andhra Pradesh informed that they seized 435.80 metric tons of Rice worth Rs. 1,08,95,000 /- was originally used in the Public Distribution System (PDS), but was illegally exported.

Highlights:
♦ The Department of Food and Public Distribution has taken various measures to improve the transparency and efficiency of TPDS functioning.
♦ The Department in association with all states/UTs jointly implemented an “End-to-End Computerization of TPDS operations” scheme, which includes:
♦ Digitization of ration card/beneficiary data
♦ Install Electronic Point of Sale (ePoS) equipment in all Fair Price Shops (FPSs)
♦ The plan is implemented to transparently distribute food to all beneficiaries in accordance with the NFSA.
♦ As part of these activities, 100% digitization of NFSA ration cards has been achieved in all States/UTs.
♦ To date, nearly 91% of Aadhaar seeding for ration cards has been achieved at the national level.
♦ In addition, among the 5.4 Lakh FPS nationwide, almost 92% distribute food grains through ePoS devices.
♦ At the national level, after passing the biometric authentication on the ePoS device, more than 70% of the monthly food allocated to each State/UTs has been distributed to NFSA beneficiaries.

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