States can enlarge the Basket of Commodities for Sale through Fair Price Shops

The NFSA contains measures for reforms in TPDS to be undertaken progressively by the Central and State Governments.

August 13, 2014 8:47 IST | India Infoline News Service
Suggestions for inclusion of more items such as pulses and edible oils under TPDS under NFSA have been received from time to time. Entitlements under TPDS in the Act have however been restricted to foodgrains i.e. wheat, rice and coarse grains, keeping in view their availability and assured supply. However, State/UT Governments have been encouraged to enlarge the basket of commodities by adding non-PDS items for sale through Fair Price Shops (FPSs). Some States/UTs have reported distribution of items like pulses, edible oils, iodized salt, spices etc. through FPSs.

The NFSA also contains measures for reforms in TPDS, to be undertaken progressively by the Central and State Governments, which inter alia include diversification of commodities distributed under the PDS over a period of time. This information was given by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Raosaheb Patil Danve in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

He said that states/UTs are required to take various preparatory actions to implement the Act, which inter alia include identification of eligible households for coverage under TPDS, creation of sufficient and scientific storage capacity at various levels in the State/UT, doorstep delivery of foodgrains, appointment/designation of District Grievance Redressal Officer (DGRO), setting up/designation of State Food Commission etc. Implementation status of the Act is reviewed on a regular basis and necessary advisories are issued to States/UTs, wherever required.

The Minister said that identification of beneficiaries for receiving foodgrains through Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) under the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) is the responsibility of States/Union Territories (UTs).

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