The Department of Food and Public Distribution has prepared guidelines for Fair Price Shop (FPS) automation, which have been shared with all States/UTs. FPS automation involves, installation of Point of Sale (PoS) devices at FPS for authentication of beneficiaries, recording of sales to beneficiaries at the FPS; and uploading of transaction data in central server. There are 5.26 lakh Fair Price Shops in the country out of which 1.86 lakh FPSs have been automated so far installing ePoS devices/mobile terminals across 22 States/UTs. A statement showing the total number of FPSs in each States/UTs including Andhra Pradesh and automation of FPSs is given below.
Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) is operated under the joint responsibility of the Central and State/UT Governments wherein operational responsibilities including the issuance of licenses to the Fair Price Shops (FPSs) rest with the concerned State/UT Governments.
This information was given by Shri C.R. Chaudhary, the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.