The mandate of Food & Civil Supplies Department is to provide food security to the entire population of the State by way of implementation of Public Distribution System and Target Public Distribution System PDS/TPDS for welfare of the society.The Department deals with the allotment and distribution of PDS/TPDS commodities through distributing agencies, monitoring of availability and prices of essential commodities; enforcement of law and Rules relating to trading of essential commodities etc.Procurement of Food Grains from the growers through procuring agencies at minimum support price to protect the interest of growers (Cultivators) is another basic responsibility of the department.
The department has a Secretariat and a Directorate at the Headquarters with subordinate offices in the amalgamated establishment of Deputy Commissioner, Sub- Divisional Officer (Civil) and Secretariat in Autonomous District Council.There is no Board / Corporation or other agencies under this department.
Activities of the Department
The department, as per its mandate, works in implementation of the Public Distribution System, Targeted Public Distribution System for the whole section of the society along with its allied schemes.
PDS is implemented to provide selected essential commodities to the entire population of the State at fair price and equitably through its distribution network.
TPDS is implemented through the PDS network for providing food grains at highly subsidized rate to the selected families living below the poverty line in the State. Poorest of the poor families of below poverty line categories are provided food grains at more subsidized rate under the scheme "Antodaya Anna Yojana Scheme".
Randhanjyoti - Selected women beneficiaries of BPL category are provided with free LPG connection under the scheme. The Scheme, in its 2nd phase of implementation has benefited 1,43,035 beneficiary families to get their LPG connection free of cost and obstructed destruction of the forests and eco- system.
Village Grain Bank Scheme is another scheme for providing food security to the people living in chronically flood and drought affected areas and remote / inaccessible hilly areas of the State. Selected BPL beneficiaries, including Antodaya Anna Yojana beneficiaries of those areas will benefit from the scheme
Jana Kerosene Pariyojana : Implemented by Oil Companies, is one of the schemes to be monitored by the Food & Civil Supplies department. Mid-Day Meal scheme is another scheme implemented by Education department which is to be monitored by Food & Civil Supplies officials at Dist/Sub-Divisions of the State.
Implementation Mechanism: Upon getting allotment of essential Commodities from the Govt. of India, the State Govt in the Food & Civil Supplies Department issue orders to the Directorate and the Directorate makes allotment orders for distribution through its network for ultimate distribution amongst consumers.
FCI is the feeder agency in respect of food grains and gives allotted food grains to the Nominees such as Gaon Panchayat Samabai Samittees or other Nominees as per allotment.The sub-wholesale Co-operative societies or other licensees and selected nominees distribute to the retailer fair price shops who in turn feed their tagged consumers with the allotted commodities at fair price as per their share.
The below poverty line families and Antodaya Anna Yojana families are selected through Panchayati Raj institutions under a definite guideline.