Bhubaneswar, Oct 18 (odisha.in) Orissa stands fifth in the country on low overall leakage of Food grains under the Public Distribution System.
The Programme Evalution Organisation of Planning Commission which had undertaken the Performance Evalution of Targetted public Distribution System, made this observation in its recent report.
Tamilnadu topped the list on low over all leakage of food grains under the PDS followed by West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala and Orissa.
Meanwhile, in order to achieve zero leakage of PDS food grains and to make the Distribution process transparent and accountable, Orissa government has decided to put up all the informations relating to PDS in a Website – www.pdsorissa.in for information of general public.
“Besides, state government is also proposing to introduce an SMS based reporting system to monitor foodgrain lifting and offtake which will be first of its kind in the country”, said the Chief Secretary, Ajit Tripathy, who held a review meeting on the implementation of PDS on Wednesday.
“The detail information relating to list of ration card holders, dealers, block wise allocation, dealer wise allocation of food grains would now be available through Internet and the first pilot project in this regard would be launched in backward Nawarangpur district, he said.
Stating that the entire information on Public Distribution System would be computorised to bring in transparency and to avoid corruption, Tripathy said the district collectors have been directed to ensure availability of food grains by day one of each month
in the PDS fair price shops and to inform the elected representatives – Sarpanches, MLAs and Councillors about the movement and stock of food grains.
“The elected representatives would be made accountable as far as review of the ration card holders, distribution of cards and sieze of fake ration cards “, he said.