Kerala to fully automise PDS system by Jan 1: Chandy
The Public Distribution System (PDS) in Kerala will be fully automised by January, 1 2014 in Kerala, Chief Minsiter Oommen Chandy announced today.
Addressing a press conference here, he said the 14,260 ration shops in the state would come under the automation process. A series of actions supported by technology would ensure that highly subsidised ration rice would reach the real benefactors and would contain the rising price of rice in the open market, he added.
Stating that other states have implemented modern techniques in PDS and it proven beneficial for the people, he said the government welcomes suggestions and recommendations from all.
APL category would receive 9 kg of rice at subsidised rate. The subsidised amount (Rs 6.90 per kg) would be credited to their bank account, he said.
Consumers should give their bank account number before March 31,next year and the subsidy would be credited with the outstanding amount from Jan 1. Those who give their account number after that date would be credited with the subsidy from then on, he said.
Consumers can give their existing bank accounts and for those who need a new account a zero balance account is sufficient. The BPL category would continue to receive 25 kg rice at Rs 1. With the completion of the automation process any person from a family could go to the ration shops, he said.
If there is no one from the family to go to ration shops a person on behalf of the family could go to the shop. Thumb impression of persons would be taken for the purpose of biometric records, he said.
The rice procured from farmers would be distributed through PDS. The rice for mid day meal schemes for school children would also be taken from this, he said.