The Department of Food
and Public Distribution has prepared a detailed roadmap and an action
plan along-with State-wise targets to implement the various modes of
cashless transactions. However, complete roll out of the strategy for
cashless mechanism depends on readiness of the States/UTs, availability
of adequate infrastructure, status of financial inclusion, level of
Aadhaar seeding, awareness level of beneficiaries and telecom coverage
etc. Accordingly, all States/UTs Governments have been advised to adopt
a phase wise approach, starting with Metropolitan Cities, Municipal
Corporations, Municipalities, District Headquarters and other urban
areas where the conditions allow for an effective implementation and
then eventually expanding it to semi-urban and rural areas.
This Department had briefed all Food Secretaries of States/UTs through
Video Conferencing to adopt various modes of cashless transactions at
all Fair Price Shops. Secretary (F&PD) also shared roadmap with
state-wise targets to all Chief Secretaries/Administrators. A national
level Conference was also held on 19.01.2017 on ‘PDS Reforms & Cashless
Environment’ with State Food Ministers and Secretaries of Food, Civil
supplies and Consumer Affairs of all States/UTs at Vigyan Bhavan, New
Delhi. Food Ministers of all States/UTs have been requested to enable
cashless transactions in all FPSs and to monitor the progress.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Consumer
Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Shri C.R Chaudhary while replying
to a written in Rajya Sabha today.