Organisation : Department of Food and Public Distribution
Portal Name : National Food Security Portal (NFSA)
Service Name : Toll-Free Helpline Numbers
Headquarters : New Delhi
Industry : Government
Service/ Product : Public Distribution System (PDS)
Website : https://nfsa.gov.in/portal/State_UT_Toll_Free_AA
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NFSA Toll-Free Helpline Numbers
Call toll free for any PDS related information or to register Grievances/Complaints with your State/UT Government
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Toll Free Helpline Numbers For PDS
Toll Free Helpline Numbers for PDS in States/UTs
|Sl.||State/UT||Toll Free Number(s) for PDS Operations||Other Numbers|
|2||Andaman & Nicobar Islands||1967||1800-343-3197|
|8||Dadra & Nagar Haveli||1967||1800-233-4004||104 (Toll Free)|
|9||Daman and Diu||1967|
|15||Jammu & Kashmir||1967||1800-800-7011 (Kashmir Province)
1800-180-7106 (Jammu Province)
|20||Madhya Pradesh||1967||181 (CM Helpline Toll Free)|
|155335 (Sanjog Toll Free)|
Public Distribution System (PDS)
The Public Distribution System (PDS) evolved as a system of management of scarcity through distribution of foodgrains at affordable prices. Over the years, PDS has become an important part of Government’s policy for management of food economy in the country.
PDS is supplemental in nature and is not intended to make available the entire requirement of any of the commodities distributed under it to a household or a section of the society.
PDS is operated under the joint responsibility of the Central and the State/UT Governments. The Central Government, through Food Corporation of India (FCI), has assumed the responsibility for procurement, storage, transportation and bulk allocation of food grains to the State Governments.
The operational responsibility including allocation within State, identification of eligible families, issue of Ration Cards and supervision of the functioning of Fair Price Shops (FPSs) etc., rest with the State Governments. Under the PDS, presently the commodities namely wheat, rice, sugar and kerosene are being allocated to the States/UTs for distribution.
Some States/UTs also distribute additional items of mass consumption through the PDS outlets such as pulses, edible oils, iodized salt, spices, etc.
About DFPD :
The primary policy objective of the Department of Food & Public Distribution is to ensure food security for the country through timely and efficient procurement and distribution of Food grains. This involves procurement of various Food grains, building up and maintenance of food stocks, their storage, movement and delivery to the distributing agencies and monitoring of production, stock and price levels of Food grains.
The focus is on incentivizing farmers through fair value of their produce by way of Minimum Support Price mechanism, distribution of Food grains to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families and covering poor households at the risk of hunger under Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY), establishing grain banks in food scarce areas and involvement of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Public Distribution System (PDS).