With a view to modernize the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) and to check leakages/diversion government is implementing a Plan Scheme on ‘End-to-end Computerization of TPDS Operations’ on cost sharing basis with the States/UTs which would facilitate digitization of ration cards/beneficiary and other databases, computerization of supply-chain management, setting up of transparency portal and grievance redressal mechanisms. This information was given by the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.
The Minister said that Direct Transfer of Cash subsidy is one of the options discussed at various forums for checking diversion of foodgrains. This has also been discussed with States/UTs. Its implementation however depends upon readiness of States/UTs in terms of digitization and de-duplication of beneficiary data-base seeded with Aadhaar and bank account numbers as sufficient availability of foodgrains in the open market. It can be taken up upon specific requests from States/UTs.