New Delhi: The Food Ministry announced on Monday that it has signed a pact with CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd (CSC) to increase income for ration shops by providing consumers with additional services such as paying utility bills public. Under the National Food Security Law, the Center provides 5 kg of food grains per person per month to ration shops at a heavily subsidized rate of 1 to 3 rupees per kg. Over 80 crore of people are covered by this law.

The Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD), under the Ministry of Consumer, Food and Public Distribution, has entered into a model MoU with CSC e-Governance Services India Limited , according to an official statement.

The MoU aims to increase the business opportunities and revenues of Fair Priced Stores (Ration Stores) by providing CSC services through interested Fair Priced Store (FPS) resellers, he said. declared.

The MoU was signed by Jyotsna Gupta, Assistant Secretary (PD) and Sarthik Sachdeva, Vice President, CSC, in the presence of Sudhanshu Pandey, Secretary, Food and Public Distribution Department and Dinesh Kumar Tyagi, Managing Director, CSC.

“To enable FPS to function as a CSC service center, CSC was advised to identify feasible activities such as utility bill payments, PAN application, passport application, services of the electoral commission, etc. said the statement.

CSC will partner with state governments to sign bilateral MoUs to provide interested FPS resellers with access to the Seva Digital Portal (DSP) for the provision of CSC services.

“All state governments have been urged to explore the possibility of increasing Fair Price Shop revenue and business opportunities by enabling them to provide CSC services after due diligence,” the statement said.

In addition, the ration card services provided by States / UT, such as requesting new cards, updating existing ration card, requesting Aadhaar seeding, checking the status of the Ration availability and grievance recording can be explored by States through CSCs as an additional option.

“This is at the discretion of the state government which will ensure due diligence regarding data security, compliance with legal provisions and other relevant guidelines,” he said.

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