Aadhaar Enabled Public Distribution System – Civil Supplies Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh

  • Written by eINDIA
  • October 22, 2012 at 11:02 am

  • Project Category : Governance :: Government to Citizen

    Details of the Applicant:

    Name: V. JYOTHI
    Designation: Project Manager(IT)
    Organization: Civil Supplies Department
    Address: Civil Supplies Bhavan, Somajiguda, Hyderabad-500 082
    City: Hyderabad
    State:
    Andhra Pradesh
    Country:
     India
    Zip Code: 500082
    Organization Website: www.apcivilsupplies.gov.in/

    Details of the Agency implementing the Project/Initiative:

    Name of the Organization: Civil Supplies Department, GoAP
    Address:
    Civil Supplies Bhavan, Somajiguda, Hyderabad-500 082
    City:
    Hyderabad
    State:
    Andhra Pradesh
    Country:
     
    India
    Zip Code:
    500082
    Head of Organization: Shri Harpreet Singh, IAS., Commissioner and EOS to Govt
    Project Website: www.apcivilsupplies.gov.in/

    Details of Programme /Project/Initiative:

    Brief Description:

    The PDS system in AP provides rice, kerosene, red gram, sugar, etc at subsidized prices to 2.18 Crore BPL card households in Andhra Pradesh. The subsidy on rice is shared by the Centre and the State. The kerosene subsidy is borne entirely by the Centre and the remaining items are borne entirely by the State Government. It is estimated that a total subsidy of Rs 5110 flows annually through every BPL card. Since there is no mechanism to verify whether every cardholder is genuine, there has been a proliferation of bogus cards i.e., cards with no corresponding real beneficiaries. Now, under Aadhaar biometric data (fingerprints, iris and photo for face recognition) of every resident is collected. F&CS Dept GoAP availed the online Authentication Services provided by UIDAI for sale of PDS commodities to its BPL beneficiaries in the Fair Price Shops at East Godavari and Hyderabad for bringing in efficiency and transparency in the system and to enable delivery of ration to eligible beneficiaries using Aadhaar based authentication for ensuring the delivery only to the existing and real beneficiaries.

    Why was the project started:

    Enables delivery of ration to eligible beneficiaries using Aadhaar based authentication for ensuring the delivery only to the existing and real beneficiaries. Achieves real time recording of transactions at FPShops to arrive on demand closing balances and to keep track of consumption of commodities at FP Shop level. To weed out bogus cards thus provides savings to the Government. Brings Transparency and accountability in allocation as well as distribution.

    Objective:

    To ensure that only a genuine cardholder or his family member whose name is listed in the card can purchase commodities and thus to eliminate drawal through bogus cards

    Target Group:  BPL Benificiaries

    Geographical Reach within India:  East Godavari and Hyderabad in India

    Geographical Reach outside India:NA

    Date From which the Project became Operational:  1-9-2012

    Is the Project still operational?: Yes


    List 5 Innovations of programme/project/initiative:
    1. Connectivity limitation was addressed by combination of network options
    2. Seeding of Aadhaar No. into Ration Card database
    3. Recording of FPShop Transactions as well as Stock arrival to bring transparency
    4. Less Turn around transaction time- lesstha
    5. Smooth functioning and Collaboration of Multiple Stake holders for authentication with UIDAI as the process is standardised

    List 5 achievements of the programme/project/initiative:
    1. Savings in subsidy to the GoI and GoAP
    2. Exception Handling for covering all the beneficiaries so denial of ration to beneficiary does not arise
    3. Stock Availability at FPShop and FPShops are online. beneficiary receives SMS about arrival of stock
    4. Fraud Monitoring
    5. delivery of ration to all the eligible beneficiaries
    List 5 Key challenges faced while implementing the project/programme/initiative and how they were overcome:
    1. Connectivity
    2. Training and Capacity gaps within civil supplies officers in field and ration shop owners
    3. Selection of Technology partner(POS Device)
    4. Seeding of EID/UID/Mobile No./Bank Account of the Beneficiaires
    5. 24X7 Operational and Technical Support
    List 5 points on how the Project/Programme/Initiative can serve as a model that can be replicated or adapted by others?
    1. Seeding of Aadhaar and cleansing of Ration card database
    2. remove the duplicate/bogus ration cards/members
    3. Allotment of commodities to the Ration Shops based on real time closing balances. enables Transparency and accountability
    4. Lot of savings
    5. fast and efficient services to the beneficiaries

    List 5 points to elaborate on the scalability of the programme/project/initiative?
    1. Connectivity issues is resolved
    2. Learnings in pilot for enhancing the hardware of POS Device.Standardization of POS device features as well as workflow of PDS client side application
    3. Procurement of POS Devices for FPShops as well as Stockist points for acheiving transparency and Accountability
    4. Training and Capacity Building of Civil Supplies Officials and FPShop Owners
    5. The infrastructure of servers must be robust to cope with the transactions volume and to ensure up-time of their services








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