The Cabinet Committee
on Economic Affairs today gave its approval for Component-l of the Plan
Scheme on `End-to-End Computerisation of Targeted Public Distribution
System (TPDS) Operations` in the 12th Five Year Plan with an outlay of
Rs. 884.07 crore on a cost sharing basis. The pattern of cost sharing
between Centre and States would be on 90:10 basis for the North-Eastern
States, whereas for other States/UTs, cost is to be shared equally.
Shares of Government of India and State Governments/UT Administrations
are estimated at Rs.489.37 crore and Rs.394.70 crore respectively.
Digitisation of beneficiary database will help in weeding out bogus
ration cards and better targeting of subsidies. With computerisation of
the supply-chain, the movement of foodgrains upto Fair Price Shop (FPS)
level, can be tracked and the problem of leakage and diversion can be
Facilities of SMSs, e-mails, toll free numbers will be used to inform
the beneficiary about the availability of TPDS supplies in the FPS,
which will ensure timely and transparent distribution of foodgrains to
beneficiaries as per their entitlement. The transparency portal and
social audit will further strengthen the functioning of FPSs and ensure
accountability at various levels. Beneficiaries will also be able to
register their grievances through toll free numbers and seek resolution.
This component consists of digitization of ration cards/ beneficiary and
other databases, computerization of supply-chain management, setting up
of transparency portal and grievance redressal mechanisms. Digitisation
of beneficiary database and computerisation of supply-chain are expected
to be implemented by March, 2013 and October, 2013 respectively.