DFPD has written to states to allow ration shop dealers to keep non-PDS items such as FMCG products and many states have allowed them.
the beneficiaries/ration card holders, particularly the migrant population covered under the food security program, can now uptake food grains from any FPS in the country through Aadhaar authentication.
This system of portability provides ease of access for the beneficiary and over 3.5 crore portability transactions are taking place across the country under the One Nation One Ration Card initiative of DFPD.
DFPD has engaged IIT Delhi and World Food Programme for the optimization of routes to these fair price shops, which will reduce the transport cost and save on food subsidy.
model shops could have waiting spaces, CCTV cameras, toilets, and drinking water facilities among others.
The roadmap ahead underlined three key areas -
Capacity building & infrastructure
Investment & finance
creating efficient and unique implementation models as per the needs of the FPS dealers
build their capacity and skills in entrepreneurship and financial services
for faster development of initial infrastructure required and working capital for the continued operation of service offerings at the Fair Price shops (FPSs).
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