Minister of Consumer Affairs Ram Vilas Paswan said digitisation of ration cards is one of the important components for making PDS leak proof, 97% cards across the country have been digitised, and soon 100 % will be digitised. All the 36 States/UTs have online system for redressal of PDS grievances now. Direct Cash Transfer of food subsidy to the beneficiaries started in Chandigarh and Puducherry in September this year.
The minister also said that the government has achieved significant mile stones in the reforms of PDS by making it more transparent and leak proof during last 19 months. Number of States providing Rs 2/kg wheat and Rs3/kg rice has increased to 25 from 11 during last year and it is likely to be implemented in all the states by 1st April, he added.