Bhubaneswar -- The Government has achieved significant mile stones in the reforms of PDS. Almost 100 % (99.9%) ration cards have been digitised across the country. Over 42 % ration cards have been even linked with Aadhaar cards and Point of Sale Devices, to keep electronic record of allocation to the beneficiaries, have been installed in over 77,000 ration shops.
These measures will help making PDS more transparent and leak proof. This was stated by Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan while addressing media in Bhubaneswar .
Highlighting the initiatives taken by his Ministries during last 20 months, Paswan said that number of states implementing National Food Security Act has now increased to 27, benefiting over 54 crore people with Rs 2/kg wheat and Rs3/kg rice.
Now all the States 36 States/UTs have and online redressal of PDS grievances and toll free number for beneficiaries. Online allocation of foodgrains is being made in 20 states.
Paswan said huge paddy procurement has been made during on-going Kharif season ensuring reach of MSP operations to more farmers. 261.37 lakh tonnes paddy has been procured till February 11, 2016 while during last kharif season it was 215.49 lakh tonnes.
Even in Odisha procurement till date is 16.07 Lakh tonnes while during last season it was 15.06 lakh tonnes.