Action against 19410 cases taken in 3 years under Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) across the country

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The Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution,   Ms. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today informed that an offence committed in violation of the provisions of the TPDS (Control) Order, 2015 is liable for penal action under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955. Thus, the Order empowers all State/UT Governments to take punitive actions in case of contravention of the relevant provisions of the Order. During the last three years 2018 to 2020 and current year up to 30.06.2021, a Statement on actions pertaining to number of FPS licenses suspended/cancelled/ show-cause notices issued/ FIRs lodged by States/UTs is:

Statement showing results of action taken by the State/UT Governments under relevant clauses of the PDS/TPDS (Control) Orders as per receipt during last three years and current year 30.06.2021:

Sl.

No.

Name of the State/UT  Year Number of FPS Licenses suspended/

Cancelled/Show cause notices issued/FIR

Lodged

 

1 Andhra Pradesh

 

2018 576
2019
2020
2021
2 Assam 2018
2019 82
2020
2021
3 Chhattisgarh 2018
2019 50
2020 09
2021
4 Goa 2018 21
2019
2020
2021
5 Gujarat 2018 221
2019 280
2020 71
2021
6 Karnataka 2018 149
2019 181
2020
2021
7 Kerala 2018 3139
2019
2020
2021
8 Odisha 2018 21
2019 08
2020
2021

 

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9 Sikkim 2018 00
2019 (upto June 19) 00
2020
2021
10 Tamil Nadu 2018 00
2019 00
2020
2021
11 Tripura 2018 290
2019 406
2020
2021
12 Uttar Pradesh

 

2018 (April 18 – March,19) 9419
2019(April 19 – Nov,19) 4486
2020
2021
13 A&N Islands 2018
2019
2020 1
2021
14 Puducherry

 

2018 00
2019 00
2020
2021
Total 2018 13836
2019 5493
2020 81
2021
  19410

 

The Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) is operated under the joint responsibilities of the Central and the State/UT Governments, wherein the operational responsibilities, such as identification of beneficiaries/ households under the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA), issuance of ration cards to them, allocation of foodgrains to all Fair Price Shops (FPSs), distribution to beneficiaries, licensing & monitoring of FPSs, grievance redressal of beneficiaries including irregularities/ diversion/ corruption in TPDS operations, etc. lies with the concerned State/UT government. However, as and when any complaints are received in this Department from individuals, organizations as well as through media reports regarding any irregularities in the functioning of the TPDS are forwarded to the concerned State/UT Government for inquiry and appropriate action at their end.

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