What is the full form of PDS?
The full form of PDS is “Public Distribution System”. The Public Distribution System (PDS) is a system for the distribution of foodgrains at a subsidized price for economically backward families. Over the years, PDS has become an important part of Government’s policy for management of food economy in the country. The PDS is administered under the joint responsibility of the Central and State Governments. The Central Government through the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has taken over the responsibility of procurement, storage, transportation and bulk allocation of food grains to the State Governments. The operational responsibility, including allotment within the state, identification of eligible households, issuance of ration cards (BPL and APL) and monitoring of the functioning of Fair Price Shops (FPS), etc., lies with the State Governments. Major commodities distributed under PDS are: