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THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD & PUBLIC DISRIBUTION, MANIPUR

The Department of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution is the main responsibility in implementation of the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), that is to make available of foodgrains and other essential items including S.K. Oil and sugar to Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY), Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Above Poverty Line (APL) families in Manipur.

Procurement of TPDS rice, wheat and sugar from Central Pool is done by the Department through Food Corporation of India (FCI), Imphal against the monthly allocated quantities and distributed to the Districts under Targeted Public Distribution System. S.K. Oil is lifted through the I.O.C. Ltd., Imphal.

 
For effective and meaningful implementation of PDS, the Government of India introduced the Targeted Public Distribution System from the 1st June, 1997 and same was implemented from the 1st Sept.,1997 in Manipur. Under this scheme, Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Above Poverty Line (APL) families are identified and family ration cards are issued for getting on PDS items.

Objectives of PDS:

   
The main objectives of PDS are    
  » to make available foodgrains and essential commodities through the State ;
  » to ensure stability in prices ;
  » to make equitable distribution to the consumers at fair prices ;
  » to improve proper storage facilities of foodgrains even in far flung and inaccessible areas in both hills and valley and
  » to establish a dynamic transport system.
The PDS helps the poor consumers from the inflationary impact in food prices because it is the poor who spent more than 80% of the consumption expenditure in food items. This is the rational of PDS and the food policy of the State Government.
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