Patna: Bihar government will soon launch a pilot project in 38 blocks of the state for doorstep delivery of foodgrains to the BPL/APL ration card holders, state Food and Consumer Protection Minister Shyam Rajak said on Wednesday.

A block each in all 38 districts have been identified for launch of the project to ensure doorstep delivery of the foodgrains to the ration card holders, he said at a workshop.

The storage facilities, including godowns, will be set up in the these blocks for smooth transportation of the foodgrains at the door of the beneficiaries, Rajak said.

Among other steps to eradicate corruption and irregularities in the PDS, the minister said trucks transporting foodgrains will be equipped with the GPS to track their movement. A security guard and another employee would  also recruited to to maintain record of stocks at godowns, he said.

An announcement will be made by the loudspeakers in the villagers to inform them about arrival of the foodgrains and distribution so that they could lift their quota, he said.

The state has 1.37 crore BPL/APL families comprising 25 lakh poor families entitled for foodgrains under the Antodaya scheme, he said.

(Agencies)



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