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In October 2011, the Central Government asked all states and union territories to implement the computerized Public Distribution System (PDS) model implemented by Gujarat and Chhattisgarh (also a BJP ruled state). This came after the Supreme Court lauded the models of these two. The Supreme Court direction was based on the recommendations of a committee headed by Justice DP Wadhwa, a former judge of the Supreme Court.

It was noted that Gujarat’s PDS could be a model in electronic authentication of delivery and payments at the fair price shop. Even the United Nations World Food Programme has noted the success of Gujarat’s Targeted PDS reforms model.

These reforms would not be possible without the inspiring guidance and leadership of Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi, who invigorated the system with some of the Shaktis from his timeless Panchshakti model and made a strong determination that the benefits of the system reach the intended beneficiaries without any bottlenecks.

The PDS 

The Public Distribution System is one of the largest food security programmes in our country that has been operational for many decades, distributing food and non-food items to India’s poor. However, for a very long time the system has been characterized by some flaws, diversions and leakages. There is also the problem of bogus or duplicate ration cards.

Tackling Problems, the Gujarat Way! 

In its quest to solve existing problems, the Gujarat Government did not wait for help from outside but instead decided to tackle the crisis from within. With the support of a stable leadership and a visionary Chief Minister in Shri Modi, the State Government provided all the essential resources for a model of TPDS that has been hailed universally.

This model relies on extensive incorporation and usage of technology as well as empowering the citizen to establish his or her identity and avail of the food grains minimizing leakages and diversions.

It should be noted that the Gujarat’s TPDS reform model has been fully funded by the state Government and has been one of the most cost effective projects.

Some of the Reforms Initiated 

One of the major successes of Gujarat’s TPDS reforms has been the elimination of bogus cards. Along with that the state has achieved the autonomination of TPDS (which is still in process). This has improved the response time of TPDS administration and curbed corruption, if any.

However, elimination of bogus cards in no ways implies successful delivery. This is where the Bar Coded Ration Card and biometric Bar Coded Coupon System assume importance. Pilot projects are underway in various parts of the state since 2011. A cardholder is issued a coupon sheet that he or her can take to the FPS and avail of the items. The FPS dealers collect the coupons and hands over the desired items.  This reduces the scope of stealing.

Some of the proposed reforms include compensating FPS dealers for the coupon based transactions, door step delivery of food grain to FPS dealers and popularizing model FPS scheme and permitting sale of non-PDS items at FPS.

Reforms Possible Due to Progressive Initiatives of Gujarat Government 

These changes in the TPDS would not be possible without the strong support thanks to the initiatives of the Gujarat Government. Leading the pack is the Jyotigram Yojana, which has given a lifeline by providing 24/7 electricity. This becomes the fulcrum of the e-GRAM center, which is at the centre of these reforms in the TPDS.

A part of Shri Modi’s Panchamrut Philosophy, Jan Shakti is at the very crux of Gujarat’s TPDS reform model. A lot of reforms and changes are possible with an empowered citizenry. Similarly, innovative use of technology has been of great help in giving teeth to the reforms.

This important transformation by the Gujarat Government yet again shows how inspiring leadership and combined with a determination to change things of the ground can deliver extremely fruitful and satisfying results that would benefit the common man!

 

References Cited: 

Heavy content usage from- https://www.narendramodi.in/gujarat-revolutionizes-the-targeted-public-distribution-system-tpds/

 

Additional Sources- 

http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/states-asked-to-follow-gujarat-chhattisgarh-pds-models/451224/ 

 

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COVID taught us that we are stronger and better when we are together: PM
“Generations will remember the manner in which human resilience prevailed over everything else”
“Poverty cannot be fought by making the poor more dependent on governments. Poverty can be fought when the poor start seeing governments as trusted partners”
“When power is used to empower the poor, they get the strength to fight poverty”
“The simplest and most successful way to mitigate climate change is to lead lifestyles that are in harmony with nature”
“Mahatma Gandhi is among the greatest environmentalists of the world. He led a zero carbon footprints lifestyle. In whatever he did, he put the welfare of our planet above everything else”
“Gandhi ji highlighted the doctrine of trusteeship, where we all are trustees of the planet with the duty of caring for it”
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Namaste!

It is a delight to address this young and energetic gathering. In front of me is a global family, with all the beautiful diversity of our planet.

The Global Citizen Movement uses music and creativity to bring the world together. Music, like sports, has an inherent ability to unite. The great Henry David Thoreau once said, and I quote: "When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am in-vulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest of times, and to the latest."

Music has a calming impact on our life. It calms the mind and the entire body. India is home to many musical traditions. In every state, in every region, there are many different styles of music. I invite you all to come to India and discover our musical vibrancy anddiversity.

Friends,

For almost two years now, humanity is battling a once in a lifetime global pandemic. Our shared experience of fighting the pandemic has taught us we are stronger and better when we are together. We saw glimpses of this collective spirit when our COVID-19 warriors, doctors, nurses, medical staff gave their best in fighting the pandemic. We saw this spirit in our scientists and innovators, who created new vaccines in record time. Generations will remember the manner in which human resilience prevailed over everything else.

Friends,

In addition to COVID, other challenges remain. Among the most persistent of the challenges is poverty. Poverty cannot be fought by making the poor more dependent on governments. Poverty can be fought when the poor start seeing governments as trusted partners. Trusted partners who will give them the enabling infrastructure to forever break the vicious circle of poverty.

Friends,

When power is used to empower the poor, they get the strength to fight poverty. And therefore, our efforts include banking the unbanked, providing social security coverage to millions, giving free and quality healthcare to 500 million Indians. It would make you happy that about 30 million houses have been built for the homeless in our cities and villages. A house is not only about shelter. A roof over the head gives people dignity. Another mass movement taking place in India is to providedrinking water connection to every household.The Government is spending over a trillion dollars for next-generation infrastructure.For several months last year and now, free food grains have been provided to 800 millions of our citizens.These, and several other efforts will give strength to the fight against poverty.

Friends,

The threat of climate change is looming large before us.The world will have to accept that the any change in the global environment first begins with the self. The simplest and most successful way to mitigate climate change is to lead lifestyles that are in harmony with nature.

The great Mahatma Gandhi is widely known for his thoughts on peace and non-violence. But, do you know that he is also among the greatest environmentalists of the world. He led a zero carbon footprints lifestyle. In whatever he did, he put the welfare of our planet above everything else.He highlighted the doctrine of trusteeship, where we all are trustees of the planet with the duty of caring for it.

Today, India is the only G-20 nation that is on track with its Paris commitments. India is also proud to have brought the world together under the banner of the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure.

Friends,

We believe in the development of India for the development of humankind.I want to conclude by quoting the Rig Veda, which is perhaps one of the world's oldest scriptures.Its verses are still the golden standard in nurturing global citizens.

The Rig Veda says:

संगच्छध्वंसंवदध्वंसंवोमनांसिजानताम्

देवाभागंयथापूर्वेसञ्जानानाउपासते||

समानोमन्त्रःसमितिःसमानीसमानंमनःसहचित्तमेषाम्।

समानंमन्त्रम्अभिमन्त्रयेवःसमानेनवोहविषाजुहोमि।।

समानीवआकूति: समानाहृदयानिव: |

समानमस्तुवोमनोयथाव: सुसहासति||

It means:

Let us move forward together, speaking in one voice;

Let our minds be in agreement and let us share what we have, like the Gods share with each other.

Let us have a shared purpose and shared minds. Let us pray for such unity.

Let us have shared intentions and aspirations that unify us all.

Friends,

what can be a better manifesto for a global citizen than this?May we keep working together

for a kind, just and inclusive planet.

Thank you.

Thank you very much.

Namaste.