Staff Correspondent

`This will help bring in transparency in reaching the benefit to the cardholders in the State'

New shops will be set up wherever necessary by AprilCommittees to be set up at all gram panchayats to maintain transparency

RAICHUR: H.S. Mahadev Prasad, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, has said that the State Government has decided to decentralise the public distribution system (PDS) to bring in transparency in reaching the benefit to the cardholders in the State.

Speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday, he said that presently about 20,600 fair price shops are functioning in the State.

He said the Government has completed a re-survey of the cardholders with an intention to eliminate the bogus cardholders and identify the real beneficiaries. Based on the resurvey report, the Government will identify the fair price shop with more than 300 cardholders.

Such shops will be bifurcated, facilitating the establishment of a separate fair price shop in the same village.

The new shops will be started from April 1.

The Minister also said the Government has decided to withdraw the ration cards of all categories and issue fresh cards based on the information available from the resurvey report by February 15.

He said that the Government has decided to constitute committees at all gram panchayats to maintain transparency in handling the PDS.

The committee, with the involvement of non-governmental organisations, will monitor the distribution of foodgrains through PDS.

The Minister said the State-level Ahaara Bhandara Samiti will conduct district-level meetings twice a month to identify BPL families.

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