From December 1, vehicles carrying PDS goods from centralised godowns to fair price shops would compulsorily have to display details about the items being ferried.
The Department of Food and Public Distribution have instructed all states and union territories to implement this in an effort to ensure that food grains and other items are not diverted to the open market.
The decision was taken after several instances of foodgrains loaded on to trucks in FCI (Food Corporation of India) godowns by state agencies being diverted to open markets instead of reaching fair price shops.
A letter from T Nanda Kumar, the department secretary, said that details about the items should be carried both on the windshield as well as on the rear of the vehicle.
"The trucks/vehicles are required to display words like 'On PDS Ration Duty' followed by the destination of the vehicle, commodity being carried and the agent's name on a board/banner written or printed in black ink. This information should as far as possible be displayed in the local language," the letter said.
Vehicles, Nanda wrote, which do not comply would be returned without the load by FCI and Central Warehousing Corporation.