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Public Distribution System (PDS) In India

Public Distribution System (PDS) in India is the largest social safety net programme in the world that provides food security to the below poverty line population. PDS is a Government of India (GOI) initiative, and is meant for making available essential food and other commodities to the weaker sections of society at administered prices. Govt. of India supplies rice, wheat, sugar and kerosene at subsidised rates and in certain states pulses as well, to 65.2 million Below Poverty Line (BPL) families and 115 million Above Poverty Line (APL) families through 500,000 fair price shops across the country. The Food & Civil Supplies Dept. (FCS) of each state is responsible for implementing the PDS.


Public Distribution System (PDS) In Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh is the first state in India to revamp targeted PDS implementation using Unique Identification (UID). Edenred, along with its consortium partners, is partnering with the Madhya Pradesh Government for ICT enabled Targeted Public Distribution System (PDS) using food coupons. When completed, the project will touch lives of 5 million BPL & MY families and 8 million APL families in Madhya Pradesh. Edenred's smart coupon based Epds programme ensures a higher acceptance by the stakeholders, empowers beneficiaries, ensures targeted usage and provides evidence based consumption reports to empower the government to efficiently and effectively deliver good governance to the people. Edenred's closed ended solutions ensure end-to-end tracking and monitoring of all activities of the programme with capability to provide day-to-day monitoring by relevant authorities and MIS for studying the efficacy of the system.


Program  Objectives

  • The State Government of Madhya Pradesh has decided to revamp its PDS and introduce best practices and accountability into the system

  • To eliminate duplicate, bogus and inaccurate ration cards using biometric de-duplication as per UID Guidelines

  • To remove diversion of subsidised grains to the open market and thereby reduce subsidy burden

  • To empower consumers to take control of their entitlements and also to instill a sense of good governance by the government

  • To adopt smooth business process reengineering and easy change management for the entire system to realign and become transparent and accountable with the introduction of evidence based system