Bihar government has decided to ensure food security and streamline the Public Distribution System (PDS) making fortified flour available to BPL card holders through PDS.

“We have taken steps towards ensuring food security and streamlining the PDS making fortified flour available to the BPL households through PDS,” State Food and Civil Supplies Minister Shyam Rajak said today.

He said the PDS would now now work under supervision of the Sub-Divisional Officers (SDOs).

The SDOs will be made accountable for any lapses or complaints pertaining to PDS, he said.

The State government would also introduce distribution of fortified flour through PDS. “As a pilot project, the project will be implemented in two districts initially, Muzaffarpur and Vaishali where every ration card holder will be given nearly 13 kg of flour instead of 14 kg of wheat,” Mr. Rajak said.

The Minister said the government had also decided to entrust the task for procuring foodgrains to the State food corporation and increase the role of Primary Agriculture Credit Societies (PACS) in improving the PDS.