81.73 lakh bogus ration cards eliminated in West Bengal

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Department of Food and Public Distribution is implementing a Plan Scheme on ‘End-to-end Compterisation of TPDS Operations’ during 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) at a total project cost of Rs. 884.07 crores. The cost is being shared on 90:10 basis with NE States and on 50:50 basis with other States/UTs. The component-I of the scheme comprises activities namely, digitization of ration card/beneficiary and other databases, computerization of supply-chain management, setting up of transparency portals and grievance redressal mechanisms etc.

He said that during the implementation of the project and as reported by the State Government of West Bengal during the last three years (i.e. April, 2012 to March, 2015) 81.73 lakh bogus ration cards have been eliminated. The “End-to-end Computerization of TPDS Operations” Scheme has been built around the best practices and innovations/ experiments carried out by different States/UTs and it is evolving all the times. All such best practices/innovations are shared with all the States/UTs through periodic seminars, Video Conferences, letters and departmental magazines etc. Elimination of bogus cards has reduced losses to the extent bogus ration cards have been eliminated. This information was given by the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.