At least 2,850 ration shops have been identified for beautification in 38 districts during the first phase.
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The Committee also recommended setting up more (QCCs) expeditiously for addressing the issue of quality check/control comprehensively and to prevent losses arising due to damaged foodgrains stock.
The State government has signed several partnership agreements with the World Food Programme (WFP) in 2021.
Ration shops across Tamil Nadu have started reducing supply of the grain to PDS cardholders in anticipation of a shortage.
The State government has planned to modernise 35,000 plus fair price shops across the State to attract more customers under the theme ‘food security and nutrient security’.
The move will not only reduce the work burden of PDS employees but also reduce consumers' waiting time and each ration cardholder is eligible for 1 kg of toor dal per month.
Official sources said that since implementation of NFSA in the State in 2015, Odisha has followed it up with a robust end-to-end computerization of TPDS operations.
The conference, on Food and Nutrition Security in India, was held by the Union Ministry for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in New Delhi.
The DMDK and AMMK urged the State government to prevent the ‘smuggling’ of Tamil Nadu PDS rice to the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.
The wheat procurement target has been revised downward to 195 lakh tonnes for the current year from the earlier 444 lakh tonnes due to a fall in wheat output and increased exports.
Rolling back of surcharges/cess on petroleum products, restoration of wheat supplies through PDS, strengthening PDS by distribution of essential commodities including pulses & edible oil are some.
According to the police, special raids are being conducted to prevent illegal transportation of PDS rice.
Of late, there has been a marked increase in the number of people arrested for attempting to sell PDS rice, meant to feed the poor, in the black market.
Listing out the measures taken by the department to check diversion of PDS rice to black market, he said criminal cases will be registered against smugglers of PDS rice.
Essential commodities are being distributed through smart cards and the government introduced biometric fingerprint scanner system in all PDS shops.
The products will be sold in Chennai and Coimbatore as a pilot project. A G.O has been issued in this regard.
In a press statement, Stalin said he visited PDS shops and learnt that the Pongal gift hamper scheme has been received well by the general public.
The State government on Tuesday issued guidelines for procuring sugarcane from farmers for free distribution to PDS cardholders for Pongal.
Jaggery producers urged the government to procure from local units and help rural businesses. Jaggery is one of the 21 items included in the Pongal hamper that is to be distributed free to PDS card h
Free distribution of sarees and dhoties was introduced in 2003 in order to provide work to handlooms and power looms as well as the benefit of underprivileged families in the State.