• The Government has planned End-to-end Computerization of Targeted
Public Distribution System (TPDS) to make its reach more effective and
beneficiaries friendly with an outlay of Rs. 884.07 crore .
• This plan consists of Digitization of rations cards/beneficiary and
other databases, Computerization of Supply-Chain Management, setting up
of Transparency Portal and Grievance Redressal Mechanisms. Digitisation
of beneficiary database and computerization of supply-chain are expected
to be implemented by March, 2013 and October, 2013 respectively.
• Digitisation of beneficiary database will help in weeding out the
bogus ration cards and better targeting of subsidies.
• With computerization of supply-chain, the movement of foodgrains upto
FPS level can be tracked and the problem of leakage and diversion can be
• Facilities of SMS, e-mails, toll free numbers will be used to inform
the beneficiary about the availability of the TPDS supplies in the Fair
Price Shop, which will ensure timely and transparent distribution of
foodgrains to beneficiaries as per their entitlement.
• 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 its resolution.
• Shares of Government of India and State Governments in the cost are
estimated at Rs. 489.37 crore and Rs. 394.70 crore respectively. The
pattern of cost sharing between Centre and States would be on 90:10 for
the North-eastern States, whereas for other States/UTs, cost is to be