ePDS - Himachal Pradesh

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Frequently Asked Questions for the common man

  1. What is ePDS?
    ePDS is a project to make the Public Distribution System better. It has three main components:
    1) Computerise the ration card database, and seed the same with Aadhaar numbers.
    2) Computerise and automate the supply chain for the PDS.
    3) Automate the distribution system at the Fair Price Shop.
  2. When would ePDS be implemented?
    It is being implemented as we speak. The first component of computerisation of ration cards is going on. The other components are being done at the government level.
  3. Why do I have to get a new ration card? I just got one from the Department!
    The ration card that you received in the past is the old ration card. We are now releasing new ration cards that are computerised, and that is in compliance of the National Food Security Act, 2013.
  4. What are the benefits of ePDS to the common man?
    There are many benefits:
    1) Getting a new ration card would be easier.
    2) Making changes to the new ration card would be easier.
  5. What are the benefits of ePDS to the government?
    There are many benefits:
    1) Duplicate ration card holders can be removed from the system – this would reduce the cost to the government for PDS.
    2) Monitoring of the ration card database would be easier.
    3) Generation of various cards of reports based on the ration card database would be easier.
    4) Integrating the ration card database to other government databases would enable the government to provide better e-services to the citizens.
  6. Why do I need ePDS?
    You need ePDS because:
    1) It is required to meet the mandate of the National Food Security Act, 2013.
    2) It is required to reduce the leakage and abuse inherent in the present PDS system.
    3) It is required to make the PDS better.
  7. What is a computerised ration card? How is it better than my previous ration card?
    The old ration card is a card issued by the local authority, and information about the card holder is retained by the issuing authority only. This makes creation or changing the details of the card cumbersome. Data relevant to the ration cards is not centralised, nor can reports based on ration cards be generated.
    The new ration card is web based. It is more transparent. Making reports and analysing the ration card database is easier. Being Aadhaar enabled, it ensures that a person can get only one ration card, and not more than one. Making changes to the card will be easier, and so will be creation of new cards.
  8. How do I get a new ration card?
    Get the blank ration card from your panchayat secretary, if you are in rural areas, or from the Fair Price Shop, if you are in urban areas. Fill it up and then submit it with panchayat secretary, or the Inspector in the urban areas. We will issue your card soon thereafter.
  9. What is National Food Security Act 2013?
    It is an Act passed by the Parliament of India. It has been implemented in our state from 1st October 2013. About 37 lacs people would be covered within the Act. Under the provisions of the Act, wheat is issued at Rs. 2 per kg, and rice at Rs. 3 per kg. Antyodaya families would receive 20 kg wheat and 15 kg rice per month, whereas individuals of other Priority Households shall receive 3 kg wheat and 2 kg rice per person per month.
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