Targeted Public Distribution System and FPS licenses

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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 NFSA, issuance of ration cards to them, allocation & transportation of foodgrains up to all Fair Price Shops (FPSs), distribution to beneficiaries, licensing & monitoring of FPSs, grievance redressal of beneficiaries, etc. rests with the concerned States/UTs. 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, including leakages & diversion of subsidized foodgrains thus not reaching to the intended beneficiaries, issuance of license etc., they are forwarded to the concerned State/UT Government for inquiry and appropriate action at their end.

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, actions pertaining to number of FPS licenses suspended/ cancelled/show cause notices issued/FIR lodged were taken by States/UTs in a total of about 19,410 cases so far.

 

STATEMENT:   COMPLAINTS ON TPDS RECEIVED  IN THE DEPARTMENT FROM INDIVIDUALS, ORGANISATIONS & THROUGH MEDIA REPORTS ETC

FROM 2018 TO 2020

S. No. State/UT 2018 2019 2020
1 Andhra Pradesh 6 6 20
2 Arunachal Pradesh 1 1
3 Assam 7 8 39
4 Bihar 135 119 335
5 Chhattisgarh 9 7 17
6 Delhi 76 81 186
7 Goa 1
8 Gujarat 8 9 36
9 Haryana 35 39 69
10 Himachal Pradesh 1 1 2
11 J&K 5 3 7
12 Jharkhand 33 17 49
13 Karnataka 15 18 69
14 Kerala 11 11 13
15 Madhya Pradesh 24 26 55
16 Maharashtra 34 24 150
17 Manipur 2 2
18 Meghalaya 1 1
19 Mizoram
20 Nagaland 1 1
21 Orissa 16 16 39
22 Punjab 22 14 32
23 Rajasthan 38 24 45
24 Sikkim
25 Tamil Nadu 27 16 46
26 Telangana 3 3 18
27 Tripura 3
28 Uttarakhand 15 14 27
29 Uttar Pradesh 369 343 589
30 West Bengal 43 51 213
31 A&N Island 1
32 Chandigarh 2 5
33 D& N Haveli 2
34 Daman & Diu
35 Lakshadweep 1
36 Puducherry 2 1 6
TOTAL 941 855 2076

 

This information was given in a written reply by the Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri DanveRaosahebDadarao in Rajya Sabha today.

 

 

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