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     Strengthening of PDS Operations 

a.    PDS-Training 

The erstwhile scheme component/ Project ‘PDS-Training’, which had a sunset date on 31.03.2022, was aimed to impart training to districts and sub-district level functionaries and other officials associated with PDS so that they become acquaint with latest happenings, inter-alia, data analysis, viability of FPSs, portability of ration cards, dash-boarding of data/reports, social audits, oversight and monitoring mechanism under NFSA, etc. in the PDS operations across different parts of the country. The financial assistance was provided to the interested States/ UTs for conducting training programmes as per the guidelines.


In view of the emerging ICT tools and the challenges posed by Covid-19 pandemic, this Department in collaboration with World Food Programme has developed e-learning platform/training modules for imparting training to the PDS functionaries of States/UTs and this training would enhance their pool of knowledge in respect of contemporary developments in technology with respect to PDS. As of now, 6 training modules have been developed and online training is being provided to the registered States/ Districts/ Block level PDS functionaries on regular basis.


b.    PDS- Evaluation, Monitoring and Research Project:

PDS-Evaluation, Monitoring and Research, erstwhile a scheme component, is a project aimed to get the functioning of Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS)/National Food Security Act (NFSA) evaluation through independent reputed agencies (Monitoring Institutions, MI) from time to time. In order to strengthen the ongoing monitoring of NFSA implementation and to provide a more in-depth, incisive and comprehensive empirical evidence on regular basis, the Department of Food and Public Distribution engaged several Monitoring Institutions (MIs) for conducting concurrent evaluation exercise in different States/UTs as per agreed Terms of Reference in Phase – I (2018-20) & Phase – II (2020-23).


In Phase-I, under erstwhile scheme component, Department of Food and Public Distribution engaged the monitoring Institutions (MIs) for 2 years (2018-20) in different States/UTs for submitting quarterly reports. The reports were shared with the concerned States/ UTs for taking necessary action.


In Phase-II, which is for 3 years, under Project, the concurrent evaluation is conducted on a half-yearly basis in 17 States/UTs and on annual basis in remaining 19 States/UTs. This time the study/evaluation exercise is on thematic basis and covers different themes, inter-alia, inclusion and exclusion errors, Awareness and education (IEC) on One Nation One Ration Card/ Portability, Supply chain and PDS reforms, Effectiveness of Grievance Redressal, Vigilance committee and social audit Ease of Access and Leakages/ diversion and others. The reports submitted by the MIs for the first-year have been shared with allotted States/UTs for taking further necessary action on the findings/ recommendations.


Reports on Phase-I and Phase-II may be viewed in the link given here: