Question raised in Lok Sabha on Public Distribution System, 21/07/2015

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Public Distribution System, 21/07/2015. TPDS is operated under the joint responsibility of the Central and the State/Union Territory (UT) Governments wherein the operational responsibilities for implementation of TPDS within the State/UT rest with the State/UT Governments concerned. There have been complaints about irregularities including corruption and leakages in the functioning of the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) in some States/regions in the country. This Department has been getting the functioning of TPDS evaluated by different agencies from time to time. No evaluation studies have been carried out in the last three years. Two evaluation studies of TPDS were got conducted through (i) National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) in respect of 12 States in two phases in 2006 and 2007 (reports submitted in 2007 and 2009) and (ii) Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) in respect of 14 States in two phases in 2007 (reports submitted in 2010 and 2011). The details of leakages/ diversion of foodgrains reported in these studies are at Annex-I & II. The State/UT-wise details of the action taken under the Nine Point Action Plan as reported by the States/UTs upto 31.12.2014 are at Annex –III and IV.