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Reviewed by Mar 01, 2023| Updated on
The Central Government takes the responsibility to procure, preserve, transport and allocate the resources. The State Government ensures the setting up of a network of recognition and availability of these rations via cards and shops.
Items like wheat, rice, sugar, kerosene, spices and salt, pulses and oils etc. are channeled through this network. The parties and agencies that aid in the process are always associated and are the responsibility of the Food Commission of India.
There are eight main stages in the process of PDS that range from supply chain, administration and distribution to the final beneficiary.
The State Government oversees the process of allocating cards for recognizing the poor families, setting up of FPS, and managing and monitoring the resources.
The original system came about in 1939 during the second world war. It spread to other cities and towns after the Great Bengal Famine in 1943 and after, which increased pressure on maintaining food security.
The system is not without its defects. Shortcomings include corruption, urban bias, price management inefficacy and other malpractices. Automating the process had cleared only some of the issues.
Aadhar worked towards lessening the follies of the system by providing a clear and specified manner of recognition.
More than computerization though, adequate supervision of records and stores is mostly advised.