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'Enough leeway for DBT scheme to go on after SC order'

Allaying fears over any affect of the Supreme Court order about use of Aadhaar on direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme, Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha on Friday said there is enough leeway for DBT to go on and it is not a banned activity.

Centre asks states to ensure pulses sell at reasonable price

Centre asks states to ensure pulses sell at reasonable price

The central government has said asked states to ensure that pulses are sold in the market at reasonable prices through Public Distribution System

Govt caps kerosene subsidy at Rs 12/litre, LPG at Rs 18/kg

Government has capped the subsidy payout on kerosene at Rs 12 per litre and domestic cooking gas (LPG) at Rs 18 per kg, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said Monday.

Centre rejects states' demand to increase number of AAY people

Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday said the Centre has not accepted the suggestion of few states to increase beneficiaries under the Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) saying that the number is fixed for every state.

Food Corporation gets Rs 13,000 cr as food subsidy from govt

To ensure smooth procurement and distribution of grains, the government has released Rs 13,000 crore as food subsidy to state-owned Food Corporation of India (FCI).

J&K: Minister raids flour mills, imposes fine

Acting on complaints regarding substandard quality of flour and violation of Public Distribution System (PDS) norms, Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) Choudhary Zulfkar Ali conducted raids in various flour mills on Tuesday.

Ration shops in Mumbai to be linked with biometric system

The Maharashtra government has decided to link all ration shops in Mumbai and suburban Thane district with a biometric system by November with a view to check irregularities in the public distribution system (PDS).

Digital ration cards to be distributed in Lucknow

In a major initiative towards digitising the public distribution system (PDS) in the state, 1,500 digital ration cards will be distributed in the state capital on Wednesday, officials said.

J&K govt to invest Rs 74 crore to modernise PDS, control pilferage

The Jammu and Kashmir government is working on a multi-pronged modernisation strategy, including an investment of Rs 74 crore and installation of GPS trackers in vehicles carrying food grains, to "ensure transparency and accountability" in the Public Distribution System (PDS) and control pilferage.

Odisha opposes Centre's cash plan under PDS

 Odisha has opposed the central government`s proposal for providing money to the beneficiaries instead of rice and wheat under the Public Distribution System (PDS), said an official on Saturday.

CVC has pointed out corruption in PDS: Minister

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has pointed out corruption and irregularities in the functioning of the Public Distribution System (PDS) in it several reports, Parliament was informed on Friday.

Kerala to widen food security net

Widening the food security net, Kerala will add another 60 lakh people under the priority category for getting food grain from the Public Distribution System.

Reject Shanta Kumar panel recommendations: Karunanidhi

DMK president M Karunanidhi on Saturday urged the Centre to reject the recommendations of Shanta Kumar Committee on restructuring of the Food Corporation of India, claiming they would lead to closure of the Public Distribution System (PDS).

BJP mishandling food law, says former food minister

 In a sharp criticism of the proposal to bring down coverage of beneficiaries under the food law, Congress leader and former Food Minister K V Thomas on Friday alleged BJP is "mishandling" the programme and the move will make make the poor more vulnerable.

Govt can save over Rs 30,000 crore food subsidy with FCI rejig

Government's food subsidy bill can come down by over Rs 30,000 crore a year by reducing coverage of beneficiaries to 40 percent under the food law and outsourcing major work of FCI to states governments and private players, a high-level panel said Thursday.

Reconsider scrapping of kerosene supply through PDS: Tamil Nadu CM

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reconsider the central government's decision to scrap the supply of subsidised kerosene through the public distribution system (PDS).

PDS, RSBY seeding process to be done with Aadhaar registration

The seeding of beneficiaries in Chhattisgarh for Public Distribution System and Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna will be done during the registration for Aadhaar cards.

To improve PDS, Maharashtra govt mulls ration card, Aadhaar link-up

The Maharashtra government is mulling a proposal to link ration cards with Aadhaar numbers so as to enhance the Public Distribution System (PDS) in the state.

Put oil and fat-rich products under PDS: Experts

Health experts Monday urged the government to put oil and fat rich products under the Public Distribution System (PDS) so that people belonging to the lower income groups get enough of such products to protect them from diseases caused by their deficiency.

BPL category may get free medicines; PDS may exclude tax payers

The Centre is working on a solution to ensure that poor get benefits like free medicines and check-ups in speciality government hospitals on the basis of their BPL ration cards while eliminating income tax payers and top officials from the ambit of PDS.