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Including millets in the Public Distribution System

This article is authored by Prabhu Pingali, founding director and Raghav Puri, research associate, Tata-Cornell Institute.

The year 2023 has indeed been special for millets as The United Nations General Assembly at its 75th session in March 2021 declared it the International Year of Millets (IYM 2023). (Pinterest)
Published on May 06, 2024 11:27 AM IST

Ration card is not address proof: Delhi HC

Delhi HC rules ration cards not reliable proof of address, only for food distribution. Orders DDA to allocate housing to erstwhile residents.

The residents had sought the quashing of a July 2020 letter by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), which rejected their claim for allotment of houses following the redevelopment of the area. (Representational image)
Updated on Mar 08, 2024 05:48 AM IST

TMC leader on the run after attack on ED officials seeks anticipatory bail

The request was filed by sheikh Shahjahan’s lawyer after he failed to appear at the ED office in response to the summon notice served on January 24

Security personnel guard outside TMC leader Sheikh Shahjahan's house at Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas district on January 24 (PTI)
Updated on Jan 30, 2024 09:30 PM IST

Punjab cabinet approves restoring benefits to 10.77 lakh ration card holders

Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann announced the decision at a press conference after the meeting. He said these ration cards were earlier deleted during the verification process and the cabinet decided to restore them keeping in view the larger public interest

Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann addresses a press conference at Punjab Bhawan in Chandigarh on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 25, 2024 07:54 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Odisha to give 2 crore jute bags to PDS beneficiaries for carrying food grains

Odisha state food supplies and consumer welfare department officials said each of the families would get 2 bags of different sizes so that they use it repeatedly and reduce their dependence on plastic bags

Officials said jute bags will help protect the environment because jute is a natural, biodegradable, renewable and reusable fibre. (Representative Image)
Published on Dec 31, 2023 02:02 PM IST
ByDebabrata Mohanty

Mallick made wife, daughter directors of shell company, ED tells court

West Bengal forest minister Jyotipriya Mallick, who was arrested in the alleged PDS scam, made his wife and daughter directors of three shell companies, the Enforcement Directorate claimed. The court remanded Mallick in judicial custody till November 16. The alleged scam took place when Mallick was the food minister in the TMC government. The ED claimed that Mallick instructed his chartered accountants to make his wife and daughter directors of the shell companies, which are under investigation. Mallick denies the allegations.

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Updated on Nov 13, 2023 05:26 AM IST

Shell companies, movie projects: Common factors in job, ration scams in Bengal

Enforcement Directorate officials have found that investments in movies and use of numerous shell companies to siphon money figure among the common factors in the two cases

Bengal minister Jyotipriya Mallick was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on October 27 in connection with the ration scam. (PTI)
Published on Oct 29, 2023 10:02 PM IST

2 years on, Haryana govt resumes mustard oil supply under PDS in Haryana

The government has resumed the supply of 2-litre mustard oil to 18 lakh AAY and BPL families of the state from the month of July at ₹20 per litre

The state government had decided to distribute fortified mustard oil through the PDS at the rate of two litres per month per family at <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>20 per litre from September 2018, one year before the assembly elections. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 11, 2023 12:23 AM IST
By, Karnal

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar hikes commission of ration depot holders

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar interacted with ration depot holders through audio conferencing here and termed them the charioteers of the Antyodaya Abhiyan launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Their commission will be increased from ₹1.50 to ₹2 per kilogram.

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said now, no ineligible person can get ration by adopting any fraudulent means. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 05, 2023 08:36 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

PDS rice fraud unearthed, trucks and goods worth 27 lakh seized

Authorities have uncovered an incident involving illegal sale of public distribution system (PDS) ration rice in the open market

Authorities have uncovered an incident involving illegal sale of public distribution system (PDS) ration rice in the open market. (Getty Images (PIC FOR REPRESENTATION))
Updated on Jun 22, 2023 12:10 AM IST

Facing problems related to family ID in Haryana? ‘Tau Se Poochho’

But who is this digitally-driven ‘Tau’? “Mein Hun naa!,” said Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, on his own and with a twinkle in his eyes, while launching ‘Tau Se Poochho’, a WhatsApp bot and a web-based chatbot solution designed to give quick responses to complex queries of people related to Parivar Pehchan Patra .

Haryana government led by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has launched a Tau Se Poochho chatbot for resolving problems related to family ID Parivar Pehchan Patra. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 02:36 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Not expecting any major hit to wheat output due to untimely rain: Food secy

Last year, a prolonged heatwave in March crimped wheat output by 2.5% to 107 million tonne.

Wheat is sown in November and harvested in March-end and April.
Updated on Apr 07, 2023 03:18 AM IST

In relief for states, Centre hikes its rates for PDS operations

The revised rates are however applicable to those state governments and Union territories which have complied with various reforms, such as digitisation of the PDS. A key reform is the transition to the One Nation, One Ration Card portal, available across the country.

Foodgrain transportation costs are up 26%, a major expense in PDS operations on the back of higher fuel costs. (HT file)
Updated on May 27, 2022 02:26 AM IST

No one will be deprived of ration, govt tells Delhi HC

The Delhi government is contesting a petition by the Delhi Sarkari Ration Dealers Sangh, a group of FPS owners, in which they have challenged the doorstep ration delivery scheme and demanded that it should be declared ultra vires (beyond one’s legal power or authority)

On Monday, the Centre reiterated before the court that the state cannot mitigate the architecture of ration delivery mandated under NFSA. Additional solicitor general Aishwarya Bhati argued that FPS forms an integral part of the food security act. (Representational image/HT Archive)
Updated on Nov 23, 2021 02:35 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

SC refuses to hear Centre’s plea challenging HC order on Delhi Ration scheme

The Centre sought stay of the high court order and said that it would have a devastating effect as the Delhi government scheme can disrupt the ‘One Nation, One Ration Card Scheme’ launched last year. 

The Centre has moved SC against Delhi government’s doorstep ration scheme. (File photo)
Published on Nov 15, 2021 10:13 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Food for 82.3 million poor lost during transit in 4 years, Parliament panel says

The Standing Committee report found that the wastage of 4.11 lakh tonnes of foodgrains led to an estimated loss of ₹1,109.82 crore in the past four years.

The Standing Committee suggested the Food Security of India (FSI) come up with new standards, guidelines and checklists to mitigate the transit and pilferage losses of foodgrains. (File photo)
Published on Aug 25, 2021 08:17 PM IST
By | Written by Avik Roy, New Delhi

No proposal to hike PDS prices of food grains under NFSA, says Piyush Goyal

The minister was responding to a query if the Centre has plans to hike the PDS rates as the Economic Survey 2021 has recommended increasing the prices of foodgrains sold under PDS to reduce food security bill.

Published on Feb 18, 2021 08:53 PM IST
PTI | , New Delhi

Creating an inclusive welfare architecture

Cover all of India’s poor; and merge welfare programmes under one umbrella scheme

The MGNREGS and PDS proved to be lifelines as central and state governments were able to mobilise the administrative machinery and expand the welfare net, at relative speed(Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 18, 2020 08:26 PM IST
ByYamini Aiyar

Deadline to link Aadhaar card-ration card ends today: How to link online and offline

Those who fail to get the two identification cards linked will no longer be eligible to receive their quota of food grains under the Public Distribution System (PDS).

People queue outside a Government Ration Shop at Turbhe during Unlock 2.0 in Navi Mumbai (Photo by Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 30, 2020 04:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | | Edited by Karan Manral

September 30 last date to link Aadhaar card-ration card: How to link online and offline

If not linked before the said date , you will get you quota of food grains under the Public Distribution System (PDS) only till September 30.

People queue outside a government ration shop at Turbhe during Unlock 2.0 in Navi Mumbai (Photo by Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 30, 2020 03:22 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | | Edited by Karan Manral

In times of a Covid-19 lockdown, protecting lives and livelihoods | Opinion

The short-term tradeoff between lives and livelihoods is manifest and nobody really knows where the precise balance lies. Too limited a lockout period risks the lives of potentially hundreds of thousands of people; too restrictive a lockout could result in the eruption of serious social unrest.

To save lives, the government has taken the first major step at social distancing, and while this continues, it must heed the advice of the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), “Test, test, test”.(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 27, 2020 12:51 PM IST
ByDevesh Kapur

Covid-19: An emergency economic manifesto

To prevent distress, the State must manage the movement of people, food, money, schemes

India needs uniform outcomes, not uniform measures. Command and control won’t work. Be flexible, work with states(Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 25, 2020 08:07 PM IST
ByYamini Aiyar and Mekhala Krishnamurthy

State weeds out 2.81 lakh ‘ghost’ ration cards

Since the introduction of biometric-based authentication, 10.55 lakh beneficiaries have not availed their wheat quota in the last one-and-a-half year v

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Published on Dec 31, 2019 11:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Villagers lay siege to West Singhbhum DC office, allege denial of PDS ration

Kelaram Majhi from the neighbouring village of Kupui said, “We have also not received grains for those months. Eighty-one cardholders of the village have decided they will not take any PDS ration till they get their pending foodgrain.”

Villagers of Ulirajabasa, Bada Bankua, Onkolkuti in Kuntpani Block and Sonua’s Podahat also alleged they were yet to get ration for a few months during past years. Image used for representational purpose only.(Photo: Himanshu Vyas/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 28, 2019 08:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Jamshedpur | By

Residents having domicile of Haryana to get family ID card

Khattar while launching the portal,, said that a system will be put in place to include families migrating from Haryana to other cities and vice versa.

Chandigarh chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 26, 2019 07:07 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Gurugram | ByArchana Mishra

Creating a new welfare paradigm for migrants

PDS portability will help them, but education, health, voting must follow

Migration is fuelled by many factors: economic, climate change, civil strife, caste discrimination, and sometimes a combination of aspirations and desperation. Lack of portability of PDS rights mean that these people depend either on their employers or labour contractors for food provisions or purchase expensive food in the open market(AP)
Published on Jul 14, 2019 08:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Activists say 65-yr-old died due to starvation

Officials ruled out hunger as the cause of Ramcharan Munda’s death and said he died of heat stroke.

According to activist Mithilesh Kumar, Munda’s family members said they had not eaten for days. Image used for representational purpose only.(HT photo)
Published on Jun 08, 2019 12:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Latehar | ByVishal Sharma

Ensure voting rights for migrant labour

Indians today are more mobile than ever before in our history. Our ideas about citizenship must follow.

Labour migrants do not only construct buildings, sweep floors, clean trucks, sew clothes and deliver goods. Their movement across the country makes the idea of India a concrete reality for the majority of her poor and impoverished populations.(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 20, 2019 04:28 PM IST
ByIndrajit Roy

Is India ready for choice-based PDS?

Introducing choice in the PDS bets too much on technology, and can’t side-step the need for procurement reform.

A PDS shop in Ranchi , Jharkhand.(HT File)
Updated on Feb 20, 2019 05:50 PM IST
ByHarold Alderman, Shrayana Bhattacharya, Ugo Gentilini, and Raghav Puri

Chhattisgarh government likely to set up SIT in PDS scam

The Public Distribution System (PDS) scam pertains to alleged disbursement of rice and salt samples found unfit for human consumption in 2014 by certain officers. In all, 254 samples lifted from across the state were found to be unfit. The ACB, which investigated the case, recovered dairies which list payments allegedly made to certain officials and politicians whose names are in code.

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel is likely to set up a special investigation team to re-look at the Public Distribution System (PDS) scam of the previous Bharatiya Janata Party government, in which a charge-sheet too was filed against 12 persons by the state’s anti corruption bureau (ACB) in 2015.(Arijit Sen/HT File Photo)
Published on Dec 28, 2018 07:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Raipur | ByRitesh.Mishra
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