The available records suggest that a Food Section was established in the princely State of Tripura to deal with the Food problems faced during the 2nd World War aiming at procurement of surplus food grains from different parts of the State and bringing the same at Agartala. No whole time staffs were appointed for this Section. However, the said Section was closed down after the World War II was over.
Prior to 15.10.1949 when Tripura merged with Indian Union, there was no problem of Food grains in the State, and prices of Food grains, mainly rice, were much below the prevailing rates in open markets in other neighboring provinces. As such, a scheme was taken up in the year 1949 mainly for procurement of surplus rice/paddy and lifting/distribution of the same in the deficit areas of the State at fixed procurement and issue price basis. It was also decided to export the surplus stock towards other neighboring provinces. But ultimately the idea could not materialize due to poor transport network. During March 1954 the establishment was closed down, as sufficient reserve stocks were hand at the time.
Due to influx of population from erstwhile East Pakistan into Tripura, some major problems, like necessity of food grains in particular, had arisen and as such in early 1956, it was felt necessary to establish a regular department since the entire territory had turned into deficit area in respect of availability of food grains etc. As a result, in the month of May 1956, the establishment was re-constituted as Food Department and was placed under the direct charge of District Magistrate and Collector, Tripura. Subsequently, a Controller of Supplies was posted to assist the District Magistrate in the matter of procurement, storage and distribution of food grains in the State. The system continued upto February 1963. The Department was located adjacent to the Collectorate at Office Lane & continued up to October 2005.
In March 1963 the Government decided to de-centralise the District set up and as such the Food & Civil Supplies Section was separated making one Addl. District Magistrate (Supplies) being the Head of the Department. However, at the time, the total setup under the Addl. District Magistrate (Supplies) was known as Food & Civil Supplies establishment.
In August 1969, the first Director, Food & Civil Supplies was appointed converting the earlier establishment of Addl. District Magistrate (Supplies) into a full – fledged Directorate.
With the passage of time, the workload of the organization have considerably increased keeping pace with growing population in the State and with a view to cope up with the workload, the Government decided to strengthen the Organization in its present form.
However, with effect from 01.08.2000 vide Notification No. F.3 (2)-GA/(CAB) /2000 dated 10.07.2000 the nomenclature of the Department was changed to “ Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department” & the Directorate as “Directorate of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs”.
Now, the Department is located in Khadya-O-Bhokta Bhavan at P.N. Complex, Gurkhabasti, with effect from October 2005.