PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

  • Improving PDS, curbing price rise top priorities: Ram Vilas Paswan May 27, 2014

    Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday said his top priorities will be to contain price rise in food items, improve public distribution system (PDS) and create adequate storage capacity for food grains. Speaking to reporters after assuming charge as Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Paswan said: "I...
  • Rice distribution 'gamechanger' for Raman Singh in Assembly polls December 10, 2013

    Distribution of rice at subsidised price to poor families in Chhattisgarh seems to have done the trick for Raman Singh, the 'Chaur wale baba' (rice man) who proved wrong all political analysis and opinion polls to emerge victorious for the third consecutive term in the state. The Chhattisgarh Food Security Act,...
  • Chhattisgarh PDS best in the country: Raman Singh November 10, 2013

    Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh took on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his comments on the Public Distribution System (PDS) in the state. "The Chhatisgarh PDS module is best in the country so the PM should compare whether the Congressruled states have been able to follow an equally good PDS...
  • With bottlenecks, will Food Security scheme be a success in Delhi? August 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Delhi rolled out the Food Security scheme on Tuesday marking former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's birth anniversary. But with a massively corrupt Public Distribution system, it remains to be seen whether this will help those in need. Months before the Delhi elections, Congress President Sonia Gandhi launched the...
  • Food Bill: Rahul to hold deliberations with PCC chiefs July 16, 2013

    New Delhi: After party chief Sonia Gandhi's interaction with Chief Ministers of Congressruled states, Rahul Gandhi will hold deliberations with PCC chiefs of all states on the "game changer" Food Security Bill on July 27. Gandhi, who is the Congress Vice President, will address the PCC chiefs of states including those...
  • 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...
  • Food Security Bill replete with confusion, says TN February 13, 2013

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu on Wednesday said the Central Bill on Food Security was replete with "confusion and inaccuracy" and that the state should be exempted from the implementation of the proposed measure. Food Minister R Kamaraj said Tamil Nadu should be allowed to implement the existing Universal Public Distribution System...
  • Karnataka food dept installs new ration system to avoid wastage of grains January 29, 2013

    Bangalore: Over the years, India has seen a criminal waste of food grains, but now the Karnataka food department is trying to ensure that doesn't happen any more. They now have a monitoring system in place. For a central Bangalore resident, Kausar Banu, there is renewed curiosity as she makes her...
  • 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...
  • Govt may announce overhaul of food security system September 24, 2012

    New Delhi: It is expected to rain more reforms as the Union Cabinet is set to meet on Monday. A massive overhaul of the Public Distribution System is on the cards. Sources say the government is likely to pump in Rs 42,000 crore to check the leakage in the system....
  • 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...
  • RTI query busts major PDS scam in Maharashtra December 5, 2011

    Mumbai: An RTI query has unearthed a major scam in the Public Distribution System, as many as 42 lakh bogus ration cards have been issued in Maharashtra leading to large scale theft of food grain. A PIL in the Bombay High Court has alleged grains meant for the state's poor...
  • '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...
  • How The PDS Is Changing in Chattisgarh December 11, 2010

    Probably the only thing extraordinary about Manglu is that he is the perfect example of an ordinary tribal.The 60yearold belongs to the Pahadi Korba tribe and lives in Govindpur village of Sarguja district of Chhattisgarh. He best represents what modern India calls a below poverty line (BPL) beneficiary of various...
  • PDS hike on foodgrains under consideration: Govt September 2, 2010

    New Delhi: Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Thursday said the government is considering a hike in the quantity of foodgrains under the Public Distribution System (PDS) along with an upgradation in the number of eligible Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. "The government is considering an overall increase in PDS including an...
  • Imported red wheat worth Rs 3.7 cr sold as chicken feed May 14, 2008

    New Delhi/Mumbai: As much as 12,000 tonnes of imported red wheat will be sold off as animal feed while another 1,000 tonnes will be simply buried. The Maharashtra Government, in a government order dated May 9, has sanctioned the disposal of the red wheat. Another 18,000 tonnes will be disposed...
  • Redfaced govt to dispose off tonnes of bad wheat May 13, 2008

    New Delhi: Amid rising inflation and a looming global food crisis, the Maharashtra government has decided to dispose 32,000 tonnes of imported red wheat because much of it is unfit for human consumption. An order, sanctioning the disposal, was issued on May 9 by the state government. This wheat was...
  • Impact: MP village rid of red, rotten wheat | Your Say October 8, 2007

    Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh): Days after CNNIBN exposed how inedible, imported wheat was being sold to the poor in Khandwa, the government has gone into an overdrive. An inquiry has been instituted and red wheat in the Dabiya village of Madhya Pradesh has been replaced. They took away 25 quintals of...
  • Surplus wheat rots, poor get 'imported' animal feed October 3, 2007

    Khandwa: Wormeaten, full of dirt, used as animal feed this is the food for the poor, the red winter wheat imported from Australia. What is imported is actually the shell of the red winter wheat. It is not definitely the best kind of wheat available and is being given out...