Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in India

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Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution in India – उपभोक्ता मामले विभाग (डीसीए),

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution are basically a Ministry under the Central Government of India that takes care of food distribution and several other matters in India. Here you can get more information about the Consumer affairs department.ministry of consumer affairs website

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution have two departments, namely, the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Department of Food and Public Distribution. A Cabinet rank Minister is the deciding head of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs. At present, Ram Vilas Paswan is the Cabinet Rank Minister of the Department. Here, you can get the info on, Consumer Affairs Food and Civil Supplies Department Telangana

Department of Food and Public Distribution

The Department of Food and Public Distribution has two primary objectives:

  • To decide the remunerative rates for the peasants
  • Monitoring the distribution and supply of food grains to the consumers at affordable prices through the system of Public Distribution.

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Attached Offices

  • Directorate of Sugar
  • Directorate of Vanaspati, Vegetable Oils, and Fats – (DVVOF)

Subordinate Offices

  • Central Grain Analysis Laboratory – (CGAL)
  • Quality Control Cells – (QCC)


Central Vigilance Committee on Public Distribution System, New Delhi

PSUs/Joint Ventures

  • Central Warehousing Corporation – (CWC)
  • Food Corporation of India – (FCI)
  • Hindustan Vegetable Oils Corporation Ltd. – (HVOC)

Schemes/Programmes and Missions

Academies/ Institutions (Grant in Aid)

  • Indian Grain Storage Management and Research Institute – (IGMRI)
  • National Sugar Institute

What is Public Distribution System?public distribution system

The Public Distribution System or PDS in India is a national system that provides food security to the poor people of the country. They distribute essential food grains for survival at subsidized prices. Significant commodities that the poor people get at subsidized rates are wheat, sugar, rice, and kerosene. PDS runs more than 478,000 shops. People recognize these shops as Fair Price Shops. It is the biggest distribution network in this category all over the world.

In case of any delay in getting food grains from a Fair Price Shop, feel free to call at the National Consumer Helpline Number and inform about the situation.

Department of Consumer Affairs

The Department of Consumer Affairs performs several tasks like monitoring prices, checking the availability of necessary commodities and monitoring statutory bodies such as Bureau of Indian Standards or BIS. It tracks the availability of foodstuffs and takes required actions in times of crisis so that the poor people of the country do not have to suffer. The Department is hopeful about transforming the shops into mini-malls for being able to provide better facilities to the beneficiaries.consumer affairs department

Subordinate Offices

  • National Test House


  • Consumer Online Resource and Empowerment Centre – (CORE)
  • National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission – (NCDRC)

Statutory Bodies

  • Bureau of Indian Standards – (BIS)

Schemes / Programmes and Missions

  • INGRAM Portal – National Consumer Helpline
  • Online Library Catalog, Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Portal for Grievances Against Misleading Advertisements (GAMA), Dept. of Consumer Affairs

The Department of Consumer Affairs is accountable for the following:consumer protection act

  • Internal Trade
  • Standards of Measures and Weights
  • The Consumer Protection Act of 1986
  • National Test House
  • The Bureau of Indian Standards
  • Forward Markets Commission in Mumbai
  • Consumer Welfare Fund
  • Monitoring Prices as well as the availability of necessary commodities
  • Inter-State Trade based on the provisions of the Spirituous Preparations Control Act of 1955
  • Monitoring future trading

Ministry of Consumer Affairs Website:

Contact Number: 23070637, 23386189

Fax Number: 23386098

Email Id:
Address Info:
Room No: 546 C,
Krishi Bhawan,
New Delhi – 110001,