The tracking system, which is currently being tested, aims to monitor vehicles owned by private contractors used by the FCI to transport grains from railheads in the northeastern states to remote areas for distribution to PDS beneficiaries.

To track real-time movements of vehicles carrying food grains intended for distribution under the Public Distribution System (PDS) to remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and other northeastern states, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) will deploy GPS-assisted vehicle tracking systems.

The idea is to improve the operational efficiency of the FCI, which distributes approximately 55-60 million tons (mt) of grains annually under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).

The tracking system would provide real-time data on the volume of food grains loaded into the vehicles, in addition to information on any deviations from the desired route, delays, stock condition and any losses on the route, etc., the sources said. It will map the predefined checkpoints for manual inspection of the vehicle en route by the FCI, she added.

The tracking system, which is currently being tested, aims to monitor vehicles owned by private contractors used by the FCI to transport grains from railheads in the northeastern states to remote areas for distribution to PDS beneficiaries.

This would provide transparency in livestock movement and facilitate timely intervention to ensure that highly subsidized food grains are delivered to beneficiaries living in remote locations and some hilly states.

The FCI is moving food grains from surplus states such as Punjab and Haryana to railheads in the northeastern states. About 70% to 80% of food grains distributed under the National Food Security Act are transported by rail, while remote and hilly areas are served by road.

Meanwhile, the government will soon roll out a digital system that would provide real-time data on both the volume and quality of rice and wheat stocks at FCI, Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) and the State Warehousing Corporations (SWCs) in various locations, starting April 1. 2022.

Under the Online Storage Management System, which is being developed in conjunction with state governments, the Department of Food and Public Distribution will provide information about food grain inventories in the divisions of the FCI, CWC, and SWCs classified by year of purchase , quality parameters and truck-by-car data on the grains in transit at one source.

The economic costs of food grain sourcing by the FCI including expenses such as MSP payment to farmers, purchasing, acquisition and distribution costs etc. For rice and wheat are Rs 3,597.17 and Rs 2,499.69 per quintal respectively in 2021-22, while the government will distribute rice and wheat to beneficiaries under NFSA as Rs 3 and Rs 2 per kg respectively.

The Union budget (2022-23) has included provision of Rs 2.06 lakh crore under food subsidy in 2022-23. More than 800 million people receive highly subsidized 5kg of food grains per capita per month under the NFSA.


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