grievance redressal mechanism and transparency portal to introduce transparency and public
      accountability in the implementation of TPDS through transparency portals, online grievance
      registration and toll free helpline numbers.
           All states/UTs have been requested to seed Aadhaar numbers in ration cards database.
      Further, action has also been initiated for implementation of FPS automation which 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.
      Integrated Management of PDS (IM-PDS)
           A new central sector scheme- ‘Integrated Management of PDS’ (IM-PDS) is to be
      implemented during FY 2018-19 and 2019-20 for establishing Public Distribution System
      Network (PDSN) to inter alia implement national level de-duplication of beneficiaries and
      portability. The Scheme will strengthen better targeting of food subsidy and help the
      beneficiaries to lift foodgrains from the FPSs of their choice.
           According to a notification issued in 2017 (as amended from time to time) under Aadhaar
      (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 the
      individual beneficiaries having ration cards under NFSA need to furnish proof of possession of
      Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication to receive subsidies. Those who do not
      possess Aadhaar are to make application for Aadhaar enrolment by giving their name, address,
      mobile number with ration card number and other details with their fair price shop owners or
      through the web portal provided for the purpose by state/UT governments. The notification
      further provides that till the Aadhaar is assigned to the beneficiaries the entitlements under
      NFSA shall be given to such individuals on production of ration card and either Aadhaar
      Enrolment ID slip or copy of his/her request made along with any of the following identification
      documents, namely: (i) voter ID card; or (ii) Permanent Account Number (PAN) Card; or (iii)
      passport; or (iv) driving license; or (v) certificate of identity having photo issued by the gazetted
      officer or Tehsildar on an official letter head; or (vi) address card having name and photo issued
      by Department of Posts; or (vii) Kisan Photo Passbook; or (viii) any other document as specified
      by the state government or union territory administration.
           This Department has also issued instructions to state/UT governments with the direction that
      in case of failure of biometric authentication due to network/connectivity/linking issue or due to
      poor biometric of the beneficiary or other technical reasons, the beneficiary is to be provided
      subsidized foodgrains or cash transfer of food subsidy on the basis of physical production of
      Aadhaar card by him/her in place of biometric authentication. Further, it has been clarified that
      no one should be denied foodgrains or deleted from the ration card database only on the ground
      of non possession of Aadhaar.
           Provision has also been made that any member of eligible household listed in the ration card
      shall be entitled to receive the entire quantity of entitled subsidised food grains or cash transfer
      of food subsidy under NFSA, if any one member of the household in the ration card fulfils the
      identification conditions, in case Aadhaar number is not yet assigned to all such members of the
      Other Welfare Schemes
      Mid-Day Meal Scheme