The Public Distribution System (PDS) in India facilitates the supply of food grains and distribution of essential commodities to a large number of poor people through a network of Fair Price Shops at a subsidized price on a recurring basis. With a network of more than 4 lakh Fair Price Shops claiming to distribute annually, commodities worth more than Rs 15,000 crore to about 16 crore families, the PDS in India is perhaps the largest distribution network of its type in the world.
In today's dynamic world, the transformation of services "from Ability to Agility" can be achieved by appropriate use of Information and Communications Technology. We, at ESDS believe that in order to provide better service at grassroots level, Models of Digital Governance (e-Governance) should continuously evolve and improvise to harness the potential offered by the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and deal with new realities in the area of governance.
Our ePDS proposal is built on the premises: "Public Distribution System in India now needs a "Quality and Transparent Revolution", which can be brought about through the much-needed reforms like Information access, pricing, rural infrastructure. The objective of ePDS is to provide improved transparent services to the poor while maintaining seamless processes for the Government.
ePDS is a "way-forward" solution aiming to improve Distribution system in the state, and make the PDS paperless thus truly achieving our vision.