Civil Supplies Department in Kerala and its functions
The Civil Supplies Department in Kerala deals with maintenance of the rules of the market, promotion of awareness among consumers and protection of the consumers’ interest. Kerala Public Distribution System has been popular since the 60s for its commendable job in implementing Universal System of Rationing in the state.
Activities and Mission of Public Distribution System in Kerala
Kerala PDS has achieved great success in the last three years. The Public Distribution System in the state is indeed attractive. In between 2002 and 2005 the ration card owners hardly visited ration shops owing to the inferior quality of articles offered there. Just two percent of the cardholders relied on food supplied by the ration shops. But, the scenario has changed now and it has been possible due to the improvement in the food grains’ quality in PDS in Kerala. 2 lakhs of families under the Poverty Line in Kerala are given 1 kg of rice at just Rs 2.
Main functions performed by the Civil Service Department in Kerala
The two primary functions performed by the department are:
- Issuing ration cards to those who need them
- Implementation of the advanced smart card system in some of the ARDs
Categorisation of families who get these facilities
The families who take food grains from the ration shops are divided into two categories:
- Above Poverty Line or APL
- Below Poverty Line or BPL
Anthyodaya Anna Yojana
It’s a great scheme introduced by EPOS Public Distribution System in Kerala. It aims to provide help to the poorest people of the state. The families will be supplied 35 kg rice every month, that too at an amazingly low subsidised rate which is just Rs 3 for one kg. All panchayats have been requested to identify these families quickly.
Civil Supplies Department in Kerala Website: http://civilsupplieskerala.gov.in
Civil Supplies Kerala Facabook: https://www.facebook.com/Civil-Supplies-DepartmentCorporation-KERALA
Kerala Official Website: https://kerala.gov.in
Civil Supplies Kerala Office Address: Public Office, Opp. Museum, Vikas Bhavan P.O, Trivandrum, Kerala, India, 695 033
Civil Supplies Kerala Toll Free Number: 1800 425 1550, 1967
Food and Civil Supplies Kerala Minister: Sri. P. Thilothaman
Food and Civil Supplies Kerala Minister Support Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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