Objectives of the Department
The primary function of the Civil Supplies Department is to run the Public Distribution System efficiently and ensure availability of Foodgrains to everyone and to ensure that it is at price affordable for even the poorest in the State. The thrust nowadays is on ensuring supply of Essential Commodities to the targeted population i.e., people living Below Poverty Line. The Department is also entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring availability of Essential Commodities in the Market at reasonable price and prevention of hoarding, black-marketing and artificial price hike. Since most of the Foodgrains in the State come from outside the State, the PDS is totally dependent on the Foodgrains supplied by the Govt. of India through F.C.I.
Under the Targetted Public Distribution System families have been classified as :-
- Above Poverty Line (A.P.L.) Families.
- Below Poverty Line (B.P.L.) Families.
- Antyodaya Anna Yojana (A.A.Y.) Families.
In so far as our State is concerned, there are 2,66,078 Families Above Poverty Line, 1,12,800 Families Below Poverty Level and 70,200 A.A.Y. Families which are being covered under T.P.D.S. at present. These Families are as per the 1993 - 1994 estimates of the Planning Commission of the Government of India which relates to the 1992 Census.
|Name of the District||Total Household||B.P.L. Household||B.P.L. %|
|Ri Bhoi District.||32,590||16,276||49.94|
|Jaintia Hills District.||49,771||19,663||39.51|
|West Khasi Hills District.||63,951||30,480||47.66|
|East Khasi Hills District.||1,09,115||50,997||46.74|
|West Garo Hills District.||95,699||51,400||53.71|
|East Garo Hills District.||50,398||28,192||55.94|
|South Garo Hills District.||18,148||8,226||45.33|
B.P.L. Status: It may be stated that the State Govt. through the Community and Rural Development Department have conducted the review Survey of 2002 B.P.L. Households in all Community Development Blocks of the State which was completed in 2008. The above B.P.L. Households have not been covered under the TPDS at present as the complete Survey for the remaining Urban and Municipal Areas which were not covered by the Survey conducted by the Community and Rural Development Department is yet to take place.