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Integrated Management of Public Distribution System

  • 10 Jul 2019
  • 2 min read

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution has launched a new central sector scheme- Integrated Management of Public Distribution System (IMPDS). It will be implemented during 2018-19 and 2019-20.

  • The IMPDS system is already operational in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana and Tripura, wherein a beneficiary can avail his share of foodgrain from any district in the state.

Key Objectives

  • Implementation of nation-wide portability of ration cards to lift foodgrains from any fair price shop (FPS) across the country, moving towards ‘one nation one ration card’.
  • Creation of national level data repository- for de-duplication of beneficiary data (Aadhaar based).
  • Use of advanced data analytics techniques to bring about continuous improvements.

Significance

  • It will bring more transparency and efficiency in the distribution of foodgrains.
  • It will improve the mechanism to identify fake/duplicate ration cards and provide the option to PDS beneficiaries to lift their entitled foodgrains from the Fair Price Shops of their choice at the national level.
  • The scheme will ensure food security of migrant labourers who move to other states to seek better job opportunities.
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