Thursday, December 31, 2009

CIC order for making PDS system transparent

In a far reaching ruling that will inject much-needed transparency in the functioning of fair price shops, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has issued directions to the food secretary and 10 assistant commissioners of Delhi. All such shops will have to display information such as entitlement of essential commodities for all types of ration cards, stock of essential items received during the month and opening and closing stock of essential commodities, etc.

Chief information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi issued the order on December 21 after Rajiv Kumar of Pardarshita, a transparency advocacy group, filed a compliant with the CIC that fair price shops in Delhi were not complying with the government order. The order has to be implemented by January 31 and a compliance report has to be filed before the commission before February 5.

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