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PDS beneficiaries can now go for ‘give it up’ option (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper III)

A few months after the launch of the National Food Security Act (NFSA), the public distribution system (PDS) authorities have begun a “give it up” drive, covering all the essential commodities that are being provided at heavily subsidised rates.

Though there is no formal announcement regarding the drive but it covers the following aspects 
1.     PDS beneficiary can give up all the commodities permanently or block them for a specified period by visiting the website.

2.     Aimed at about 1.91-crore rice-drawing cards, the “give it up” option covers not only rice, sugar, toor dhal, urad dhal and wheat, but also the Pongal gift pack.

Irregular supply of rice
There have been complaints of non-availability or irregular supply of rice, even though officials in charge of fair price shops (FPS) are bound under the NFSA to ensure the provision of five kg of rice per month per person.

What is Government’s stand on ‘give it up’ option ?
Food Department says the “give it up” drive has been prepared mainly to address the problem of bogus billing.



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