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Functions of the Department

 Updated  on 31 July,2021

 

 

TARGETED PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

ISSUANCE OF LICENSES

MONITORING OF PRICES

STORAGE AND PRESERVATION

CONTROL OVER THE PRICES

ALLOCATION AND LIFTING

AVAILABILITY OF FOOD GRAINS

FAIR PRICE SHOPS

QUALITY CONTROL

RATION CARDS

ENFORCEMENT WORK

 

 

The Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs is constituted for  furtherance of the Public Welfare relating with the food policy.

I. FOOD SECURITY:

(A) TARGETED PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM (TPDS)

                  The Targeted Public Distribution System is functioning in the State of Himachal Pradesh through a network of 117 Wholesale godowns of HPSCSC Ltd. and an aggregate number of 5,029 retail fair price shops. Out of these 5,029 fair price shops, 3,268 are being manned by Cooperative Sector, 14 by Panchayats, 66 by HPSCSC Ltd., 1,660 by Individuals and 21 by Mahila Mandals/Self Help Groups. Currently, Ration Card is the unit delivery system under the TPDS. The total number of Ration Cards under all categories of TPDS are 19,20,518 having population of 73,63,319 in the State. The scheme-wise bifurcation is as under:

 APL: 11,37,980         APLT:77,893          BPL: 2,72,153                  AAY: 1,69,942          PH: 2,62,550


    A.P.L./ B.P.L./ ANTODAYA ANNA YOJNA/ PH FAMILIES IN THE STATE AS ON 31-07-2021

 

Sr. No.

District Name  

Number of Families

A.P.L.

A.P.L.T.

B.P.L. 

A.A.Y.

P.H.

Total

1.

        BILASPUR

65,004

3,070

16,994

11,211

17,436

1,13,715

2.

        CHAMBA

69,659

4,686

29,497

29,004

771

1,33,617

3.

        HAMIRPUR

93,535

8,022

18,659

10,096

14,754

1,45,066

4.

        KANGRA

2,70,110

20,850

62,649

36,272

65,477

4,55,358

5.

        KINNAUR

14,400

781

3,531

1,360

1,042

21,114

6.

        KULLU

66,087

2,484

16,219

6,877

23,859

1,15,526

7.

        MANDI

1,84,854

13,638

43,592

26,003

47,358

3,15,445

8.

        SHIMLA

1,27,804

70,18

25,470

17,508

21,598

1,99,398

9.

        SIRMAUR

80,422

3,189

18,732

9,120

17,945

1,29,408

10.

        SOLAN

77,688

8,296

16,755

11,099

24,756

1,38,594

11.

        UNA

83,026

5,361

19,286

10,547

27,385

1,45,605

12

        LAHAUL     &     SPITI

5,355

497

764

842

163

7,621

TOTAL

11,37,980

77,893

2,72,153

1,69,942

2,22,550

19,20,518

  The details of various schemes under NFSA, 2013 & all other schemes under TPDS are as follows:-

1. NATIONAL FOOD SECURITY ACT, 2013:

                  The  Government of India has fixed a target of 36.82 lac population to cover under NFSA, 2013, out of which 28.71 lac population has been covered under NFSA and process of selection of the remaining 8.11 lac population is under progress. The Govt. of India is allocating 16857.47 MT foodgrains i.e. 9900.613 MT of Wheat & 6956.857 MT of Rice under NFSA, 2013. Details are as under:- 

(i)  ANTODAYA ANNA YOJNA (AAY):

                       The poorest of the poor families out of the BPL list have been identified and placed under the AAY Scheme. The scale of issue per family as per G.O.I. norms is 35 Kg. of foodgrains per family per month. The State of H.P. has bifurcated 20 Kg. of Wheat/Wheat Atta  fortified 18.800 Kg. and 15 Kg. of Rice per family. The retail issue price is Rs. 2/- for Wheat/Wheat/Atta Rs.3.20/- and Rs. 3/- for Rice.

 

(ii)  PRIORITY HOUSEHOLD:

                        As per the NFSA, 2013, every person belonging to Priority Household shall be entitled to receive 5 Kg. of foodgrains per person per month at subsidized rates. The State of H.P. has bifurcated 3 Kg. of Wheat and 2 Kg. of Rice per family. The retail issue price is Rs. 2/- for Wheat and Rs. 3/- for Rice.

                   The Govt. of H.P. is providing additional foodgrains in addition to NFSA to all the BPL families @ 5.25 per Kg. of Wheat / @ 7.00 per kg. of Wheat Atta & @ 6.85 per Kg. of Rice to meet out the scale of 35 Kg. per family per month.

                        The PHH beneficiaries (upto 3 members)  are also provided additional foodgrains (Wheat & Rice) from OTNFSA allocation of the State at OTNFSA (APL) rates to make their entitlement @ 10,15 & 20 kg per card.                     

2. OTHER THAN NFSA:

 ABOVE POVERTY LINE (APL):

                        The scale of APL Wheat Atta & Rice is being changed every month depending upon the availability of stocks with the H.P. State Civil Supplies Corporation w.e.f. July, 2014 onwards. These scales are uniformly applicable throughout the State except tribal areas of the State (Lahaul Spiti, Kinnaur, Pangi, Bharmour) where 20 Kg. of Wheat Atta and 15 Kg. of Rice are being distributed monthly to APL card holders w.e.f September, 2014.

3. SUGAR:
                        
The allocation of 3,599 MT Sugar per month is being made for distribution under PDS to all the ration card holders of the State. At present, State is purchasing sugar for PDS from open market through e-tenders. The scale of sugar is fixed 500 Gms. per person per month for OTNFSA families and 1 kg. upto 2 members for NFSA family, 500 Gms. additional per member for more than 2 members of NFSA family. The retail issue price is Rs. 30.00 for OTNFSA, Rs. 40.00 for APL Tax payer  families and Rs. 13.00 for NFSA families. Note :- 1 Kg. in case of AAY ration card having 1 family member.

4. SUPERIOR KEROSENE OIL:

                   Superior Kerosene Oil was being allocated to the State of H.P. by the G.O.I. at the quantum of 5411 K.L. per month  upto March, 2008. Gradually, from April, 2008, the SKO allocation has been reduced by 62 % reduction in the quota and at present, allocation of K.Oil is 564 K.L. per month. The State of H.P. has devised the following scale of distribution of this commodity on each ration card on the following pattern:

(i) Non-Tribal Areas

Nil

For DBC holders

3 Ltrs.

For SBC holders

10 Ltrs.

For no connection

(ii) Tribal Areas

5 Ltrs.

For DBC holders

10 Ltrs.

For SBC holders

15 Ltrs.

For no connection

                   Presently, this distribution is being got done through 19 Wholesale dealers, out of which 16 are of the Indian Oil Corporation, 01 of H.P.C. and 02 of B.P.C.

(B) MAINTENANCE OF SUPPLIES OUTSIDE TPDS

(1)  LPG:

                        Currently, there are 190 LPG agencies in the State and are catering to the needs of 10,38,063 SBC and 11,50,894 DBC holders. The department exercises holistic control and keeps a strict vigil on the distribution of LPG and ensures equitable procurement as well as distribution throughout the State in order to keep a balance between demand and supply.

                    There are 190 gas agencies out of which 137 are with IOC,31 with HPC 21 with the BPC, 1 with the IBPC.

(2) MS AND HSD:

                    There are 499 petrol pumps functional in the State, out of which, 268 with IOC, 131 with HPC, 91 with BPC and 9 with other companies.

(C) GOVERNMENT OF H.P. SPECIALLY SUBSIDIZED SCHEME:

                    The Govt. of H.P. has launched a Specially Subsidized State Scheme to all ration card holders w.e.f. 01.04.2007, which has been modified from time to time.  The consumers will be given choice to opt for 3 pulses out of 4 pulses and additional 1 Kg. Dal Channa for all families. The status of the scheme is as follows:                                                                                                              (As on June,2021)

Sr.No.

Commodity

NFSA Rate

OTNFSA Rate

OTNFSA Tax Payer Rate

Scale

1

Dal Urd Sabut

Rs. 60.00 per Kg.

Rs. 70.00 per Kg.

Rs. 90.00 per Kg.

1 Kg. per family per month for all ration card holders

2

Dal Channa

Rs. 45.00 per Kg.

Rs. 55.00 per Kg.

Rs. 76.00 per Kg.

1 Kg. per family per month for all ration card holders

3

Dal Malka

Rs. 60.00 per Kg.

Rs. 70.00 per Kg.

Rs. 88.00 per Kg.

1 Kg. per family per month for all ration card holders

4

Moong Sabut

Rs. 60.00 per Kg.

Rs. 70.00 per Kg.

Rs. 88.00 per Kg.

1 Kg. per family per month for all ration card holders

5

E.Oil                (M.Oil&Soya R.Oil)

Rs. 152.00/- per Ltr.       Rs.104.00/- per Ltr.

Rs. 158.00/- per Ltr.       Rs.109.00/- per Ltr.

Rs. 178.00/- per  ltr.

Rs. 124.00/- per Ltr.

1 Ltr. per ration card having 1 & 2 members and 2 Ltrs. having 3 & above family members per month

6

Iodized Salt

Rs. 8.00 per Kg.

Rs. 8.00 per Kg.

Rs. 15.00/- per Kg.

1 Kg. per family per month for all ration card holders


 

 

 

 

  AVAILABILITY OF FOOD GRAINS

 

The population of the State as based on the ration cards is 73,63,319 as on 31/07/2021 and taking 15 Kgs. of food-grains as an average consumption per unit, the requirement of food grains comes to 110449 M.Ts. per month and 13.25 Lac M.Ts. per annum. Due to easy availability of food grains, there is no restriction on inter state movement at present. The requirement of foodgrains under the TPDS is being made by the Govt. of India to the State on historic basis, through the Food Corporation of India for which this deptt. is required to make advance financial arrangements with the F.C.I through the H.P. State Civil Supplies Corpn. Ltd. to procure the allotted and required quantity from the declared principal distribution centers of the F.C.I. The sub-allocation of food grains and the financial arrangements thereof is made as per the requirement placed by the District Officers. At present, 35 Principal Distribution Centres of F.C.I. are functioning in the State i.e. 12 at each district headquarter and the remaining 23 at Bharmour, Tisa, Baijnath, Dehra, Rampur Bushar, Hatkoti, Karsog,Naura-Dhar,Sarkaghat,Jaisinghpur,Killar(Pangi),Kaza,Janjehli,Banjar,Udaipur,Dodrakawar,Chopal, Narkanda,Anni,Pooh,Arki,Bara-bangal & Shillai.

Under the T.P.D.S. network the State Govt. is required to arrange lifting of food grains through the H.P. State Civil Supplies Corpn. Ltd. from the declared P.D.Cs of F.C.I. and arrange its transportation to its wholesale  godowns for further distribution to fair price shops as per their requirements.

 

  CONTROL OVER THE PRICES

 

The State of Himachal Pradesh depends upon all the Essential Commodities from Neighboring States of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi for its requirement. The price fluctuation in the wholesale market of the neighboring States directly influences the wholesale and retail prices in the Pradesh. The State Government has practically no control over the prevailing prices at the source. However, the Government has been exercising control over the availability and prices of Essential Commodities in the open market by enforcing various statutory provisions under the following Acts and Control Orders:-

 1.The Essential Commodities Act, 1955.

 2.The Prevention of Black Marketing and Maintenance of Supplies of Essential Commodities Act, 1980.

 3. H.P. Specified Essential Commodities (Regulation of Distribution) Order, 2019.

 4. Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Regulation of Supply and Distribution) Order, 2000.

 5.H.P. Bricks (Control) Act, 1969.

 6.H.P. Bricks (Control) Order, 1970.

 7.Motor Spirit and High Speed Diesel (Prevention of Mal-Practices in Supply and
Distribution)Order,2005.

 8.Kerosene (restriction on Use and Fixation of Ceiling Price) Order, 199
3.

 9.The Consumer Protection Act, 2019.

 10.H.P. Consumer Protection Rules, 1998.

 11.Edible Oil ( Packaging and Regulation) Order, 1998.

 12.Public Distribution System (Control) Order, 2015.

 13.The Solvent Reffinate and Slop (Acquisition, Sale, Storage and Prevention of use in Automobiles) Order, 2000.


 14.Naptha (Acquisition, Sale, Storage and Prevention of use in Automobiles) Order, 2000.

 15.Liquefied Petroleum Gas ( Regulation of Use in Motor Vehicles) Orders, 2001.

 16.Household Electrical Appliances (Quality Control) Orders, 1981.

 

The brief introduction of the above mentioned Acts and Orders are as under:

1.  THE ESSENTIAL COMMODITIES ACT, 1955:
It is a Central Act to provide, in the interests of the general public, for the control of the production, supply, and distribution of, and trade and commerce in, certain commodities.

2. THE PREVENTION OF BLACK MARKETING AND MAINTENANCE OF SUPPLIES OF ESSENTIAL COMMODITIES ACT, 1980:
Vide this order the Officer/Official of the Food and Supplies and Consumer Affairs Deptt. are empowered for detention in certain cases for the purpose of prevention of black-marketing and maintenance of supplies of commodities essential to the community/consumers and for the matter connected therewith.

3. H.P. SPECIFIED ESSENTIAL COMMODITIES (REGULATION OF DISTRIBUTION) ORDER, 2019:
This order lays down the provisions and procedures for distribution of specified commodities to the consumer through the Distribution Card (Ration Card) in the fair price shops, which are regulated under the network of Targeted Public Distribution system.

4.  THE LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS (REGULATION AND DISTRIBUTION) ORDER, 2000:
Vide this order, the detailed provisions and procedure for distribution of Liquefied Petroleum Gas through the network of Public Distribution System is being regulated through licenses/authorization issued to a dealer/oil companies dealing in L.P.G. over and above at a given time. This order enables the Department to exercise check over the stocks of L.P.G. in the State for regulating their equitable distribution on fixed price.

5. THE H.P. BRICKS (CONTROL) ACT, 1969:
Vide this Act, the Govt. has empowered the Officer/Official of the Food and Supplies Deptt. for maintaining or increasing the supply o f Bricks for their equitable distribution and availability at fair price and it may by order notified in the Official Gazetteer, provide for regulating by licenses, permits or otherwise the manufacture, storage distribution, transport, acquisition of disposal of Bricks, for collecting any information or statistics with a view to the regulation of the aforesaid matters, for grant or issue of licenses, permits or other documents and the charging of fee therefore, for controlling the price at which bricks may be bought or sold, for requiring dealers or kin owners to maintain and produce for inspection such accounts and records regarding bricks and to furnish such information relating thereto, as may be specified to in the order.

6. THE H.P. BRICKS (CONTROL) ORDER, 1970:
This order lays down detailed provisions and procedure for obtaining licenses for brick-kilns as also for fixation of sale rate for bricks manufactured by such brick-kilns.

7. THE MOTOR SPIRIT AND HIGH SPEED DIESEL (PREVENTION OF MALPRACTICES IN SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION) ORDER, 2005: 

Under this order, the supply of Motor spirit and High Speed Diesel through the network of Public Distribution System is being regularized.

8.
  KEROSENE (RESTRICTION ON USE AND FIXATION OF CEILING PRICE ORDER, 1993:
This order lays down the procedure for obtaining the licenses for Kerosene dealers dealing in Kerosene through the network of Public Distribution System.          

9.
  CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT, 2019:
This Act lays down detailed provisions and procedures for redressel of grievances and to provide for better protection of the interests of the consumers and for that purpose to make provisions for the establishment of consumer councils and other authorities for the settlement of consumers, disputes and for matter connected therewith.

10.
  H.P. CONSUMER PROTECTION RULES, 1998:
These rules are made under sub clause 2 of clause 30 of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. Vide these rules, the three-tier system of the consumer forums are defined. Vide this system, the functions, sittings, staff and salary etc. of the Distt. Forum, State Commission and National Commission are clarified. 

11.  THE EDIBLE OIL (PACKAGING AND REGULATION) ORDER, 1998:  
This order is strictly enforced by the State Goa, which would minimize contamination, maintain hygienic conditions, check deterioration in quality, ensure correct weight  and provide information in respect of its contents, price and date of manufacture. The State of H.P. has empowered the Officers/Officials of the Food and Supplies Deptt. for implementation of the order.

12. PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM (CONTROL) ORDER, 2015:  
This order is mainly meant for the smoothly functioning of the Targeted Public Distribution System in various States. The State of H.P. has already issued H.P. Specified Articles (Regulation of Distribution) Order, 2003. This order lays down the provisions and proceedings for distribution if specified commodities to the consumers through the Distribution Card (ration card) in the fair price shops, which are regulated under the network of Targeted Public Distribution System.

13.
 The Solvent Reffinate and Slop (Acquisition, Sale, Storage and Prevention of use in Automobiles) Order, 2000:  
This order has been issued by the Govt. of India for the purpose of restriction on sale and use of solvents, reffinates, slops and other products. This order lays down detailed provisions and procedure for obtaining license, for acquire, store or sell solvent, raffinate, slops or their equivalent and other products issued by the State Govt. or the District Magistrate or any other officer authorised by the Central/State Govt. According to this order no person shall either use or help in any manner the user of solvents, raffinated, slops or their equivalent or other products except Motor Spirit and High Speed Diesel in any automobile.

14.
 Naptha (Acquisition, Sale, Storage and Prevention of use in Automobiles) Order, 2000:
This order has been issued by the Govt. of India for the purpose of restriction on sale and use of Naptha. This order lays down detailed provisions and procedure for obtaining license, for acquire, store or sell Naptha issued by the State Govt. or the District Magistrate or any other officer authorised by the State Govt. According to this order no person shall either use or help in any manner the user of Naptha except Motor Spirit and High Speed Diesel and/or any other fuel permitted by the Central Govt. in any automobile.

15.
 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Regulation of Use in Motor Vehicles)) Order, 2001:
This order has been issued by the Govt. of India for the purpose of acquire, store for sale, supply, fill or distributed auto LPG to a consumer except according to the provisions contained in this order. According to this order no person shall store, supply, sell or dispense auto LPG unless he is auto LPG dispensing dealer. This order enables the Department to check over the acquire, store for sale, supply , fill or distributed auto LPG to a consumers according to the provisions.

 

  MONITORING OF PRICES

 

In order to keep vigil over the prices in Shimla Town, the retail prices of 18 essential commodities are being collected on Daily basis. The retail & wholesale prices of 18 essential commodities are being collected on Weekly (Wednesday) basis from Shimla & Mandi towns. Further, the retail & wholesale prices in respect of 24 commodities alongwith the retail prices of 14 vegetables are also being collected on Weekly (Friday) basis from all the District Headquarters and as per the trend analysis, the results are conveyed to the State Government. The retail and whole sale prices 22 essential commodities are being feeded by the six centres i.e. Shimla, Mandi,  Dharamshala, Solan, Bilaspur & Una on daily basis in the Govt. of India Website.

  

 

  ALLOCATION AND LIFTING

 

In Himachal Pradesh, all the essential commodities are procured from neighboring states. The State is not self sufficient in the production of food grains and to meet out the requirement, the public mostly remains dependent on the neighboring states, as well as upon the Govt. of India for the allocation of wheat and rice under the T.P.D.S. 

 

  STORAGE AND PRESERVATION

 

Himachal Pradesh being hilly and having snow bound terrain, the Department had to remain vigilant for the management of buffer storage of food grains. There are 117 Godowns having a storage capacity of 59,863 MTS.       

  

 

  RATION CARDS

 

RATION CARDS FOR P.D.S.
For the distribution of Targeted Public Distribution System food grains, a Ration Card is issued on the name of Head of the family under the provisions of H.P. Specified Essential Commodities (Regulation of Distribution) Order, 2019. In Urban Areas, a ration card is issued by concerned Food & Supplies Officer/Inspector (FCS&CA) and in Rural Areas, by the concerned Panchayat Secretary/Panchayat Sahayak.

PROCEDURE FOR GETTING A RATION CARD
(Details are available in PROCEDURES)

For getting a ration card application form will be filled in by the Head of the family and a surrender certificate will be issued by the concerned authority where the family resides before. To get the new ration card at new place, surrender certificate must be attached with the ration card application form for getting a new ration card.

RATION CARDS FOR B.P.L./ANTODAYA
B.P.L. ration cards are issued to the families identified by the Rural Development and Urban Development Deptts. and issued by the concerned Food & Supplies Officer/Inspector (FCS&CA)/Panchayat Secretary/Panchayat Sahayak.
  

 

  FAIR PRICE SHOPS

 

The role of fair price shops is very important for T.P.D.S. It reflects the grounds operation and activities of the department. For the distribution of T.P.D.S. food grains fair price shops are allocated by the concerned District Controller, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affiars/Deputy Commissioner on the recommendations of concerned Panchayat/Zila Parishad. At the time of allotment of fair price shops preference is given as under:                                                                                                         

1. First Priority:  Public Institutions or public bodies such as Panchayats, self help groups, co-operatives, in licensing of fair price shops and management of fair price shops by women or their collectives.                                                                             

2. second Priority: Ekal Nari (as defined by the Department of Women and Child Development, Govt. of H.P.), Widow(s) raising children on their own, physically handicapped person (as defined in the Person with Disabilities ( Equal opportunities, protection of rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995) capable of efficiently handling the FPS operations, Ex-Servicemen/unemployed educated person with no family member in regular employment.                                                                                                                 

 3. Third Priority: H.P.State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd.

There are 5,029 fair price shops as on 31-07-2021. Out of these fair price shops, 3,268 are run by the Cooperative Societies, 1,660 by Individuals, 14 by Panchayats, 21 by Mahila Mandals/Self Help Groups and 66 by H.P. State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd.

 

    QUALITY CONTROL

 

The department ensures in all probability that a Fair Average Quality (FAQ)  of foodgrains and their products is provided to the consumers under T.P.D.S. and H.P. State Specially Subsidized Scheme. The samples of foodgrains / food items being distributed under TPDS & HP State Specially Subsidized Scheme are drawn by the field staff of the department regularly and the same are sent to the laboratory for analysis. All the samples including fortified ans non-fortified  commodities being distributed under TPDS and State Subsidy Scheme are analyzed in the Departmental Laboratory at Directorate. After analysis of the samples, the results thereof are conveyed to the concerned District Controller's of the department along with the remarks and guidelines for initiating further necessary action against the defaulters. This branch also does the maintenance of the Department Laboratory. The redressal of the disputes arise between Food Corporation of India, H.P. State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd. and any other agency involved in transaction of foodgrains and their products regarding the quality of the foodgrains  is also being taken care of by the Quality Control Staff of this department. 

 

 

  ENFORCEMENT WORK

 

In order to check hoarding and profiteering and other mal-practices in the open market, the Department is vigorously enforcing various control/acts and exercising strict vigil on the track to ensure that no undue price rise takes place in the State. To ensure the availability of essential commodities at reasonable rates, the following actions were taken by the Department Officers/Officials as inspection targets detail given below:

1.Distt. Controller..............………25 per month

2.Food & Supplies Officer …….....30 per month

3.Inspector.…………………............37 per month

The position with regards to the inspections/checking during the period upto 01-04-2021 to 30-06-2021 is as under:

No. of Inspections............................................................................12,604
Cases registered................................................................................Nil        
Departmental action ..........................................................................411                                   
Written Warning Issued........................................................442                                                                      
Amount of security forfeited……………………………………………………..1,08,000                                                                                        Amount of goods confiscated in money terms into the State exchequer …………………….5,12,956