The Department is entrusted with the implementation of the following programmes/schemes
I. ABOVE POVERTY LINE(APL):
At present, the Department arranges lifting, storage of foodgrains, levy sugar and salt etc. and ensures proper distribution of those ration commodities including K.Oil by utilizing net-work of Fair Price Shops throughout the State under universal PDS. These are catering to the household requirement of ration commodities of all the APL families in the State under universal PDS. 4,40,481 families are covered under APL for providing rice @20 Kg/ Family per month within the G.O.I. monthly APL allocation of 12505 MT rice at the cost of Rs.9.60/Kg when the present market price of rice is Rs. 18-20/Kg of similar quality.
II. BELOW POVERTY LINE(BPL):
This programme under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution commonly known as BPL and the same is under implementation in the state since May’1997. As per the guidelines of Govt. of India, beneficiaries under the schemes have been identified by PRIs and ULBs. etc. At present, there are 1,81,876 identified families as per quota fixed by Govt. of India and accordingly they are getting rice @ 35 kg per month per family @ Rs.6.15 per kg through their ration cards against GOI’s monthly allocation of 8,250 MT rice.
III. ANTYODAYA ANNA YOJANA(AAY):
This is a Central Scheme under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and the same is under implementation in the State since 01-09-2001. As per the guidelines of Govt. of India, beneficiaries have been selected by PRIs and ULBs. At present, there are 1,13,124 families as per quota fixed by the Govt. of India and identified from the poorest of the identified BPL families in the State. They are getting the benefit of the Scheme through their ration cards. These families are getting @ 35 kg rice per month per family @ Rs.3/- per kg against GOI’s monthly allocation of rice for 3,960 MT.
This Central Scheme under the Ministry of Rural Development has been under implementation in the State since 01/10/2000, although it was transferred to the State-Plan since 2002-03. In the State of Tripura, Social Welfare & Social Education Department is the nodal Department of the Scheme. Under this Scheme, beneficiaries are getting 10 kg. of rice per month, per head, free of cost from F.P.Shops. The beneficiaries have been identified by PRIs and ULBs. At present, 14,851 senior citizens (65 years old or above) not covered under the National Old Age Pension Scheme are getting benefit under this scheme.
V. NATIONAL PROGRAMME FOR NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT TO PRIMARY EDUCATION (NPNSPE)(mid-day meal):
This is also a Central Scheme under the Ministry of Human Resources Development. The School Education Department of the State Govt. is the nodal Department for implementation of the said scheme. The FCS & CA Deptt. arranges procurement, lifting, storage and delivery of foodgrains under the scheme throughout the State. The students prosecuting studies in Primary Schools were getting the benefit of the Scheme @ 3 kg rice per month free of cost. However, the same scheme has been modified to provide cooked meal since 1st April’2003 pursuant to the directions of the Supreme Court.
- VI. PDS WHEAT/ATTA:
GOI, allotted 2353 MT Wheat per month for the State, which converted into wholemeal atta/ chakki mills atta by R.F. Mills/ Chakki Mills as per Govt policy and being distributed through FP Shop dealers Association (TNMDPS) to the cardholders @ 1Kg/ per head /per month @ Rs.9.00/Kg through FP Shop network across the State. During festive season, Flour & Suji are also being distributed to the cardholders at reasonable price as fixed by the Govt. throughout the State as special programme.
VII. LEVY SUGAR UNDER PDS:
The Govt. of India is allotting levy sugar under PDS for the State @ 2,718 MT (approx) per month. The same is being distributed to the cardholders under PDS @ Rs.13.50/- Kg. at the scale of 1(one) Kg. per head per month for AMC areas and 700 gm. per head per month for the rest of the areas in the State. During festive season, sugar is being distributed to the cardholders at the double normal scale.
VIII. PDS SALT:
Packet Iodized Salt is also being distributed to the cardholders under PDS through FP Shop network in the State after procurement of the same through appointed State nominee as per allotment of GOI under Zonal Scheme. The PDS Packet Iodized Salt is distributed at the scale of 500 gm per head per month @ Rs. 6.50/Kg.
IX. POL PRODUCTS:
There are altogether 2.6 lacs (approx) L.P.G consumers catered by total 30 L.P.G agencies in the State, out of which 90 thousand (approx) consumers are catered in AMC areas itself by the agencies. The monthly requirement of LPG cylinders in the State is 1.35 lac refill cylinders. Bishalgarh bottling plant and Mohanpur bottling plant produce and deliver approximately 90,000 to 1,00,000 per month. After prolong persuasion from the State Govt. IOC authority has started supply of LPG refills from Silchar bottling plant very recently for meeting the requirement of the consumers catered by the agencies, located at Dharmanagar, Kailasahar, Ambassa and Khowai. It is worthy to mention here that Tripura is a “Wait-List Free Zone” to the consumers for getting any new LPG connection from the agencies. The department keeps close watch/vigil through its field functionaries on the supply and sale of the products on daily basis.
At present, there are 41 agencies carrying on MS/HSD business in the State after getting dealership from the IOC Ltd. and obtaining necessary license from the department. The monthly requirement of MS and HSD is about 2500 KL and 6000 KL respectively which are supplied by IOC Ltd. from Dharmanagar depot throughout the State. The department also keeps close watch/vigil through its field functionaries on the supply and sale of the products on daily basis.
There are total 33 SKO agencies in the State at present. GOI allots 3276 KL of SKO per month for the State for distribution of the same under PDS and SKO is being distributed to the cardholders at the scale of 1 litre per head per month throughout the State (0.5 Ltr. In AMC area). The department is keeping regular watch over distribution of SKO by the F.P.Shop dealers so that cardholder cannot be deprived from their entitled quota.