PDS

  • Vasundhara Raje government plans to sell onion, potato, pulses through PDS shops July 8, 2014

    To check inflation and rise in prices of essential commodities, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has asked the food and civil supply department to come out with a plan to sell onion, potato and pulses through Public Distribution System (PDS) at low price in the state. The state government would take...
  • Paswan to meet Prime Minister on Friday on price rise issues June 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to discuss about food prices and sugarcane arrears, among other issues. "The meeting is scheduled in the evening. The Food Minister will brief the Prime Minister about prevailing food price situation, concerns about sugarcane...
  • Police seize 68 rice sacks of PDS being taken for illegal sale December 28, 2013

    Police on Friday seized 68 sacks of rice of Public Distribution system taken for illegal sale in market in Bihar's Nawada district. On a tip off, the police stopped a tractor laden with 68 sacks of rice taken to market for illegal sale, police sources said. The tractor driver was arrested while...
  • Bihar's food subsidy to double, says Jairam Ramesh October 6, 2013

    Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said Bihar's food subsidy and foodgrain allocation would be doubled under the National Food Security Bill. "Bihar's food subsidy will increase from Rs.5,500 crore to Rs.11,500 crore and allocation of foodgrain will increase from 28 lakh tonnes to 56 lakh tonnes," Ramesh said...
  • Government decontrols sugar, hike in price likely April 4, 2013

    New Delhi: In what could be seen as a significant concession to the powerful sugar lobby, the government on Thursday cleared the decontrol of the product. The move will likely raise the sugar prices as decontrol means that the manufacturers of the product will now get to decide on the...
  • Will pass food bill in budget session, says Thomas April 4, 2013

    New Delhi: The government will enact the proposed right to food bill, covering 67 per cent of the population, in the second half of the budget session from April 22May 10, 2013, Food Minister KV Thomas said in New Delhi on Wednesday. "We will pass the bill in the second half...
  • 'Direct cash transfer scheme will be last nail in UPA's coffin' December 15, 2012

    " ...if they go ahead with the illusion that they can implement mass cash transfers before 2014 elections this will be the last nail in the coffin of the UPA government" said Jean Dreze. He also termed as " dangerous" the political ambition in direct cash transfers that seeks to...
  • Rangarajan recommends lifting curbs on sugar sector October 12, 2012

    Mumbai: An expert panel, headed by PMEAC chairman C Rangarajan, has suggested giving freedom to millers to sell sugar in the open market among other recommendations. It has also recommended scrapping statedeclared cane prices. The committee, in a press conference on Friday, has also suggested abolition of levy sugar system,...
  • EC stops distribution of PDS bags with Vajpayee's photo October 7, 2012

    Shimla: With the model code of conduct in force in pollbound Himachal Pradesh, the Election Commission on Sunday asked the state government to stop distribution of carry bags, free of cost, to PDS consumers with picture of former prime minister AB Vajpayee inscribed on them. The scheme to distribute free...
  • Government approves PDS digitisation October 5, 2012

    New Delhi: Aiming to eliminate bogus ration cards and ensure that food subsidy reaches the genuine beneficiaries, the government on Thursday approved a Rs 884 crore plan for endtoend computerisation of the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) in the 12th FiveYear Plan on a costsharing basis with states. Around 18 crore...
  • TN: Karunanidhi warns Centre on ration sugar September 24, 2012

    Chennai: Days after his party jumped into the bandwagon against the Centre on the issue of FDI in retail, DMK chief M Karunanidhi, on Sunday, made yet another pitch against the Manmohan Singh government, stating that he hoped the Centre would not go ahead with any decision to suspend subsidy...
  • Odisha: Slum dwellers dig up, eat rotten grain August 12, 2012

    Cuttack: Absolute, ravaging hunger has driven slum dwellers in Odisha to dig up wasted food grain by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and eat it for their survival. The 1,206 bags of PDS rice belonging to the FCI were supposed to feed empty stomachs. Instead, they lay rotting in...
  • KV Thomas to announce steps to control prices July 25, 2012

    New Delhi: Food Minister KV Thomas is expected to announce on Thursday steps such as sale of surplus wheat and rice through rations shops and open market to tackle any food price rise in the wake of droughtlike situation in some parts of the country. The Food Ministry is also considering...
  • TN: Jaya writes to PM over kerosene quota May 25, 2012

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday accused the central government of adopting a callous approach to the kerosene needs of the poor in Tamil Nadu by reducing its allocation. In a letter to Singh, Jayalalithaa cited the reduced allocation of kerosene to Tamil Nadu to 39.429 kilo...
  • Haryana: 80,000 sacks of wheat rot in the open May 22, 2012

    Palwal: Not just train mishaps but the last three years of UPA rule have also witnessed tonnes of foodgrain rotting away across the country while the poor starve. CNNIBN has been running a sustained campaign to highlight the issue. Now, it reveals how 80,000 sacks of wheat rotting in the...
  • CBI arrests UP Congress leader in PDS scam April 25, 2012

    New Delhi: The CBI on Monday arrested AICC member Daljeet Singh Chaudhry over his alleged role in the Rs 35,000 crore foodgrain scam in Uttar Pradesh. The arrest came two days after CBI teams searched 12 places in Lucknow. Group 3 employees of the state food corporation and some alleged...
  • Public Distribution System to be computerised April 20, 2012

    New Delhi: The food and public distribution department has signed an agreement with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to scale up computerization of the targeted public distribution system (TPDS) in the country. "The WFP programme will assist the selected states to expedite their TPDS computerisation programmes and will complement...
  • Pawar lends support to Food Security Bill March 6, 2012

    New Delhi: Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, who has been strongly questioning viability of the Food Security Bill, on Monday said the country will have enough wheat and rice stocks to implement the UPA's flagship programme. "This year, we will break last year's record by reaching 250...
  • Concerns on food bill to be addressed: Thomas February 9, 2012

    New Delhi: The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on Thursday said it will address the concerns expressed by the states over the proposed National Food Security Bill. "The states have expressed some concerns on the food security bill...we will address them," Food Minister KV Thomas told reporters after the twoday meet...
  • Pranab 'losing sleep' over rising subsidy bills February 8, 2012

    New Delhi: A worried Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said he is losing sleep over the rising subsidy bills, notably on food, fertiliser and petroleum products. "As finance minister when I think of the enormity of the subsidies to be provided, I lose my sleep," Mukherjee said in New Delhi...
  • Tough to implement Food Security Bill: Pawar February 8, 2012

    New Delhi, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said on Wednesday it will be difficult to implement the proposed Food Security Act with existing distribution system and suggested massive reforms. "I will be failing in my duty if I do not emphasise the fact that the Food Security Act will never succeed in...
  • The Citizen Journalist Show: Fight Back December 10, 2011

    CJs expose corruption in rural Bihar; a 75year old CJ battles to save Varanasi's ponds and CJ videos and pictures ...
  • CJs in Rural Bihar Expose Corruption December 10, 2011

    CJ Jaganath exposes corruption in NREGA scheme while CJ Dhanrajia Devi uncovers corruption in the PDS mechanism. ...
  • Nilekani panel suggests strategy to revamp PDS November 2, 2011

    New Delhi: A panel headed by UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani on Wednesday suggested twophase strategy to use IT to improve the PDS network and provide direct subsidy to poor, besides checking pilferage in the process. The first phase of PDS revamp will deal with supply chain improvement, while the second will...
  • CJ battles corruption in Meghalaya October 22, 2011

    CJ Agnes exposes how benefits of PDS, NREGA and other govt schemes do not reach villagers because of corruption. ...
  • India faltering on poverty alleviation October 12, 2011

    People, Left, Right or Centre, would possibly agree that an internally weak country cant negotiate with the rest of the world from a position of strength. Internal strength of a country cannot be measured just in terms of resources at its disposal, military power, technological expertise and production capacity. Strength...
  • Govt turns a blind eye as grain rot outside FIC May 23, 2011

    New Delhi: CNNIBN reported how the government turned a blind eye to lakhs of tonnes of foodgrain left to rot in the open in a country where more than half of the population lives below poverty line. Now, unseasonal rain has caused food grain worth Rs 15 crore to rot outside...
  • '59 pc of PDS grain do not reach households' May 18, 2011

    New Delhi: Despite India spending over two per cent of GDP in social protection schemes, their returns in terms of poverty reduction are yet to reach full potential, a World Bank report has said, pointing to "high leakages" in PDS and "uneven implementation" of MNREGA across states. The report, the first...
  • Rural households paid over Rs 470 cr as bribe April 29, 2011

    New Delhi: Ranging from Re one to Rs 950, rural households in the country could have paid a whopping Rs 471.8 crore last year as bribe to avail basic facilities such as ration, health, education and water supply, says a study. The 'India Corruption Study: 2010' report prepared by Centre for...
  • 'Left hasn't done any development work in WB' April 16, 2011

    Birpara: Senior BJP leader and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday alleged that the Left Front had not done any development work or set up any industry in West Bengal in its 34 yearrule. "So many people from West Bengal are working in different industries in Gujarat. They have come...