Raipur: Minister for food, civil supplies and consumer affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali called upon his counterpart of the Chattisgarh government, Punnu Mohiley to know about the successful implementation of e-PDS in the state. He also visited various fair-price shops in Raipur to get firsthand knowledge of ground level implementation of the electronic system of public distribution.
Zulfkar Ali held detailed deliberations with Mohiley and officers of the department regarding the successful implementation of ePDS. The minister received on ground knowledge of the functioning of FPS in Chhattisgarh. He also interacted with consumers of the state and received feedback of the system.
The Chhattisgarh government has employed many technological innovations under PDS and it is the first state which has implemented NFSA. It began with computerization of Fair Prices Shops (FPS), doorstep delivery wherein GPS-enabled transport vehicles helped further streamlining the system through constant tracking.
During the interaction, Chhattisgarh Food Minister said that a Mobile based applications including SMS alert has been started in the state which has improved the access to information about food grains at all levels. He added that these innovations were supported by centralized monitoring and grievance redressal mechanism. He was apprised that a total of 12500 FPS are fully automated in the state besides 94 percent Ration cards are Aadhar linked.