Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department is entrusted with the task of distribution of foodgrains & other Ration Commodities at lower and affordable price/subsidized price to the entire population of the State covered under universal PDS/TPDS/Other Welfare Schemes (OWS). It provides food security to the people of the State. Many years ago, when it was a single District State, the distribution of food grains and other essential commodities under Rationing system was ensured by the Food & Civil Supplies section attached to District Administration of Tripura. There was a post of Controller of Supplies exclusively to look after the works of District Administration in Food & Civil Supplies section. Influx of people from erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and gradual increase of population coupled with growing demand for food grains led to the creation of the Directorate of Food & Civil Supplies in the State in August 1969 on having separated from District Administration. Subsequently, on introduction of TPDS and other welfare schemes, the Department/ Directorate had to assume more and more important role.
Since the state of Tripura is a deficit state in production of food grains. almost of all essential commodities of daily necessities are imported in to the state from the other parts of the country. Thus, in the above perspective, the Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department plays the key role in ensuring supplies under PDS and keeping open market price of essential commodities under control. With the introduction of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) and the Rules there under, added responsibility of administering consumer affairs devolved on the Directorate of Food & Civil Supplies, which thereafter has been renamed as the Directorate of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs. Some Institutions have been created under the CPA including State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (in short State Commission) and the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forums (in short District Forum).