Leveraging technology to provide reliable and timely information on Public Distribution System

The e-PDS portal (http://pdsportal.nic.in/main.aspx) of India, owned by Department of Food & Public Distribution, was conceived, developed and designed by National Informatics Centre (NIC) and was launched in October 2012 to act as a platform for providing all PDS related information in a standardized format at a central platform. The portal has been developed under the leadership of Dr. Ranjna Nagpal, DDG, NIC. Mr. Ravi Gupta, Senior Systems Analyst and the Team Lead has been supported by Mr. B.V.C. Rao, Senior Technical Director, Technical Directors Mr. Mayil Muthukumaran & Mr. Ravindra Kumar, Mr. Jose, Principal Systems Analyst and Mr.Vineet, Systems Analyst.

The portal provides information on State wise commodity rates, allocation policies, allocation and off-take details, storage capacity data, ration card details and other recent PDS related news. The portal collates all State and Central level PDS information and disseminates it amongst stakeholders and beneficiaries by making the information available on public domain.

By collating information about a key government system like the PDS, the portal is benefiting both the Government and citizens. For the Government, the portal is making it easy to monitor the functioning of the PDS and for citizens it is providing access to information that makes it easy for them to understand the working of a complex system like the PDS. The portal will collate PDS related information about all 28 Indian States and 7 Union Territories in a phased manner.

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