PDS to turn online altogether from today

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Kollam: Kerala government will launch several schemes in the public distribution system of the state on Tuesday. The newly introduced reforms will include e-office system in the offices under the Civil Supllies Department, online services at the ration shops and GPS system for surveillance of goods transport.

The e-office facilities will be deployed at the commissionerate and the district supply offices in Kozhikode and Pathanamthitta in an initial stage. The service will soon be expanded to other related offices in a phased manner.

The vehicle tracking system functioning on GPS will aid to stop malpractices and illegal sales of ration items during transportation to PDS outlets. The higher officials will receive notification if the vehicle carrying goods to ration shops gets diverted on the way without permission.

A comprehensive programme has been launched with the help of C-DAC for this.

The online services available at the ration shops had already gained public attention at national level. With the introduction of the new reforms, all the dealings of the public distribution system will become paperless. A mobile application Fair Price Shops (FPS) will be made available for this.

The head of the department can access the updates of the inspections conducted by the rationing inspectors in the PDS outlets on a real time basis. It will help to classify between the shops that were inspected and yet to be scrutinised. Immediate action will be taken if the officials find any discrepancies in the data.

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The mobile app will also provide access to the ration items available in a particular outlet. Such an elaborate system to stop black marketing and assure lawful distribution of ration items is the first of its kind in the country.

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