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Tag: Public Distribution System

Weekend Shutdown In Odisha: Ration Distribution Under PDS Exempted
Weekend Shutdown In Odisha: Ration Distribution Under PDS Exempted

Bhubaneswar: With the weekend shutdown in all urban areas of Odisha coming into effect from tomorrow (Saturday) morning, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) on Friday made partial modification in his…

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Odisha Govt Begins Process For Appointment Of Women SHGs As FPS Dealers

Bhubaneswar/Kendrapara: Odisha Government has begun the process for the appointment of women Self-Help Groups (SHGs) as Fair Price Shop dealers in place of private dealers in order to ensure smooth management of Public Distribution System (PDS). In order to reduce corruption in the sale of PDS goods, subsided ration is being supplied to beneficiaries through […]

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Centre's PDS Subsidy Release "Irregular": Odisha CM

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday termed the centre’s release of advance subsidy for Public Distribution System (PDS) to the state as “irregular”, despite his government submitting “utilisation certificates” to claim the same. In a letter to Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Patnaik urged him to take […]

Deadline for linking Aadhaar with PDS extended to Aug 31 in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has extended the deadline to link Aadhaar numbers with Public Distribution System (PDS) to August 31, failing which beneficaries will not be able to avail their ration from September, an official said. The deadline was extended from July 31 as over 34 lakh PDS beneficiaries in the state are yet to […]

Odisha To Distribute Fortified Rice Kernels Under PDS

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to address anaemia and micronutrient deficiency amongst the beneficiaries of rice supplied under the Public Distribution System (PDS), Odisha government is all set to distribute Fortified Rice Kernels (FRK). According to the State Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare department, the FRK (iron-rich and vitamin-rich rice) will be distributed under a new […]

Congress Moves Privilege Notice Against Odisha Minister & LoP Over 'Contradictory' Remarks

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Congress on Thursday served a privilege notice against Food Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister R P Swain and Leader of Opposition Pradipta Kumar Naik over “contradictory” statements on the supply of kerosene. Congress Legislature Party Leader Narasingha Mishra, while serving the notice, said the minister claimed that the Centre had reduced the […]

Centre gives 1-yr deadline to states for rolling out one nation, one ration card'

New Delhi: The Centre has given a one year deadline till June 30, 2020 to states and Union Territories for rolling out the ‘one nation, one ration card’ system, under which beneficiaries can buy subsidised foodgrains from ration shops in any part of the country. Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said already 10 states — […]

Centre to launch 'one nation, one ration card' scheme

New Delhi: In a bid to curb corruption and dependence on one Public Distribution System (PDS) shop, the Central government will launch the ‘one nation, one ration card’ scheme. The scheme, according to Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan, will ensure that all beneficiaries especially migrants can access PDS […]

Op-Ed: Ghost Cards Make PDS System Porous

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The phenomenon of ghost ration cards is in focus in the wake of cyclone Fani with authorities reportedly trying to plug such loopholes in the public distribution system. But this is easier said than done because beneficiaries of the phenomenon are part of the system itself. There are two types of […]

How Cyclone Fani Exposed The 'Ration Card Scam' In Puri

Puri: Like the fodder scam in Bihar, Odisha has come across ‘Ration Card Scam’. Massive discrepancies in the public distribution system (PDS) in the State have come to the fore in the aftermath of Cyclone Fani with fresh reports from Gop block of Puri district revealing that tonnes of rice meant for the cyclone-victims were […]

Odisha to provide 1 kg ragi at Rs 1 via PDS shops

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has decided to distribute one kg of ragi at Rs 1 as a pilot project through the public distribution system (PDS) to improve nutritional consumption in the state. It was decided at the Odisha Millet Mission meeting, held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, here on Monday. Every […]

Food subsidy to be hiked by 20% to Rs 2.21 lakh cr

New Delhi: Food subsidy may be increased 20 per cent in the budget, likely in July, after it was stepped up to Rs 1.84 lakh crore for the current financial year in the interim budget, presented on February 1, on account of the Food Corporation of India’s (FCI) allocations under the National Food Security Act […]

Internet existed during Mahabharata era: Tripura CM

Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Tuesday claimed that Internet and satellite communication existed in the days of Mahabharata. “Internet and satellite communication had existed in the days of Mahabharata. Sanjaya (the charioteer of king Dhritarashtra) using the technology gave a detailed account and description to the blind king about the battle of […]

Poor network: Odisha villagers climb atop roof for biometric verification

Keonjhar: Thanks to poor network connectivity, beneficiaries including women have to precariously climb atop the roof of their panchayat office to get their biometrics verified to avail ration under the public distribution system (PDS) in Keonjhar district. With the help of a wooden ladder, the beneficiaries at Kadakala panchayat under Banspal block were seen climbing […]

Collectors asked to replace private dealers in PDS by March 15th

Bhubaneswar:  Expressing concerns over the lack of measures to replace private dealers engaged in Public Distribution System (PDS) with institutional ones, the Odisha Food Commission has asked all Collectors to ensure that the government directive on replacement of dealers is implemented by March 15, 2018. A letter issued to all Collectors by the Commission stated […]

Two PDS rice laden trucks detained

Chandbali: Two trucks transporting around 600 bags of rice meant for distribution under Public Distribution System were detained by police here in Bhadrak district today. The rice was allegedly being smuggled to Kendrapara from Bhadrak. Driver of one of the vehicles has been detained while another is absconding. Locals traced the lorries transporting huge quantities […]

Bonda beneficiaries allege irregularities in PDS rice supply in Malkangiri

Malkangiri: Bonda tribe beneficiaries in Chitrakonda of Malkangiri district have alleged misappropriation in the supply of Public Distribution System (PDS) rice. While the point of sale (PoS) machines at the panchayat shows nil data, 125 quintals of rice was seen stocked in the panchayat godown. When asked about it, the supply assistant said some beneficiaries […]

Pilot project on computerisation of PDS launched

Bhubaneswar: In an effort to plug loopholes in the public distribution system (PDS), the Odisha government has taken up a pilot project to monitor the distribution of essential commodities. Under the project, every transaction of commodities among the beneficiaries will be recorded in a mechanized system and the information can be stored in a remote […]