Aiming at computerisation of food supply system in the state, Himachal Pradesh Food and Civil Supply Corporation is to adopt enterprise resource planning (ERP).
The ERP is business management software which would keep the record of food supply even in the godowns across the state. Under this project, the computerisation of stock would be done.
In the 138th board meeting of Himachal Pradesh Food and Civil Supply Corporation, the board also decided that nearly 2% of the total profit of corporation would be spent on ERP as a corporate social responsibly (CSR).
Food and civil supply minister GS Bali said that ERP would help check some loopholes in the public distribution system. He also said that order for sugar had been placed till November and the supply had been started. “There will be no dearth of sugar and other food items in the state,” said he.
He said while addressing mediaperson here in Shimla that PDS ration for consumers below poverty line (BPL) is under National Food security Act (NFSA) while for above poverty line consumers ration is not under the Act. “There should be no comparison for ration for BPL and APL as the BPL ration comes under NFSA,” added the minister.
On a question on the rising food inflation and Centre's step to check the hoarding of foodgrains, he said since the Himachal Pradesh was consumer state so hoarding could not be an issue here but the department would keep strict vigil on it.
“Union finance minister Arun Jaitley's statement to check the hoarding is welcome and state will keep strict vigil on it,” said he.
About the free school uniform scheme, he said because of competitive bidding the corporation has saved nearly Rs 3.25 crore. “As the total expenditure incurred over Rs 38 crore, we have saved nearly 10% through open bidding. To ensure the quality we will purchase 1% of sample stock for checking,” added minister.
What is ERP?
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is business management software--that a company can use to collect, store, manage and interpret data from many business activities, including product planning, cost and development, manufacturing or service delivery, marketing and sales and inventory management.