Two day workshop on ‘End-to-End computerisation of PDS’

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Trivandrum: The Department of Food & Civil Supplies, Government of Kerala is conducting a workshop on the ‘End-to-End computerisation of the Public Distribution System’ in the State of Kerala on January 28 & 29, 2013 at the Institute of Management in Government (IMG) in Thiruvananthapuram. The objective of consultative conclave is to fine tune the strategies to be adopted and to commence a road map for the end to end computerization of PDS in Kerala.

According to S Jagannathan IAS, Director of Civil Supplies, the workshop will cover the entire gamut of issues related to the end to end computerization including digitization of ration card database and issues thereof, use of smart card for off line fail proof authentication of ration card beneficiary, use of AADHAR for online biometric authentication post seeding of AADHAR for every ration card, issues related to supply chain management, use of value added services such as SMS alerts for food grain arrivals, use of Global Positioning System based vehicle tracking software for food grain movement management and monitoring, introduction of Electronic networked point of sale device in the Authorised Retail Dealers and Authorised Wholesale Dealers (ARDs/ AWDs) throughout the State and modalities thereof, employment of a web based online transparent allocation system with real time monitoring of the stock, arrivals and sale figures, use of spatial data infrastructure for food grain movement mapping and also for creative front end for monitoring food grain distribution, institutionalization of a 24×7 call centre with toll free number for consumer grievance redress alongside computerisation of all aspects of establishment of the Government offices dealing with PDS.

All the District Supply Officers and the Taluk Supply officers of the State Government of Kerala are expected to attend the two day workshop. The policy implementation machinery of the State Government at the highest level represented by the Secretary to the Government, Food and Civil Supplies Department will co-ordinate the workshop.

The primary objective of the workshop is to enable other State Governments like Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka to have experience sharing session, to fine tune strategies for extension of PDS entitlement on the Rashtriya Swasthya Bhima Yojana through a smart card and to sensitize and generate awareness among the field level executive and functionaries including the press and media about the initiation of a revolutionary end to end computerization project in Kerala.

Kerala IT News

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