Unified Ration card project
The department of Food & Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs of Chhattisgarh Government has computerized the entire food grain supply chain in Chhattisgarh, starting from paddy procurement from farmers, its storage, milling and distribution of rice and other commodities to 3.4 million ration card holders through fair price shops. As a part of this project, 1,532 Paddy procurement centres, 50 storage centres, all district offices concerned, 99 Civil Supplies Corporation distribution centres and 35 Food Corporation of India rice receiving centres have been computerized covering six different organizations involved in food grain management . Purchase and issue at paddy procurement centres including generation of cheques has also been computerised. Miller’s registration, Agreement with millers and generation of Delivery Orders etc. are computerised. 3.4 million Ration card holders database has been prepared. Calculation of monthly allotment to FPS has been automated. Citizen interface web site is hosted to increase the citizen participation in controlling diversion of PDS commodities.
In Chhattisgarh, Government pays more than 24,000 million Indian rupees in paddy procurement and spends about 20,000 Indian rupees in the form of subsidy in Public Distribution System. Because of the huge subsidy involved, complaints of leakages and diversion are common. Unified Ration card project is an end to end solution developed and implemented with primary reason of checking diversion and leakage. The computerization is ascertaining whether the scheme will be able to benefit about 0.75 million farmers and 3.4 million below poverty line families. The whole process has been able to give the citizens a platform for their complaints and receiving information on paddy procurement and public distribution through the call centre with a toll free number (1800-233-3663).
Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs,
Government of Chhattisgarh, (ICT Partner- NIC)
Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Government of Chhattisgarh (ICT Partner – NIC)
Democracy is a government of the people, for the people, by the people. But do we have a medium to turn this theory into a practical reality. The website www.votebd.org has been developed for this purpose, to disseminate the personal information of the candidate who will contest in the local and national elections among the voters. Ironically, this effort is happening in Bangladesh. The information disseminated are educational qualification, criminal records (present and past), statements of assets and liabilities of candidates and dependents, profession, loan from bank and financial institutions, statement of income tax returns, source of election expenses, statement of actual election expenses etc. In addition, about 2,500 news published in the leading national dailies on corruption and criminalization made by politician, businessmen, government officials and others also posted in this site. It is being regularly updated.
In the governance of a country, it is very important in this age to be informed about the people who will be running the country and representing it. Shushashoner Jannoy Nagorik’s Votebd.org does exactly this. Votebd.org tracks all the information related to contesting politicians and makes it available to people of Bangladesh. This is an effort in the direction of reducing corruption by making use of technology for transparency. In the past, even the voter list was not available to the common people. Shujan made the voter list available through this web site. Hopefully, an improvement in the political solution may eventually encourage an environment for honest, competent and devoted persons to join the politics.
Syed Ziaul Habib
SHUJAN (Shushashoner Jannoy Nagorik)
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