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           The Government of Sikkim views, the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) is a very important constituent of a strategy for  ensuring availability of monthly quota of foodgrains to the population of the State with special emphasis to the families living below the poverty line. The State Government is fully committed to implement the Targeted Public Distribution System to the best of its ability through the Food & Civil Supplies Department as the implementing agency for best advantage of the beneficiaries with full transparency, efficiency and accountability of the authority implementing the programme.

            The office of the Food & Civil Supplies Department which is the implementing agency of the Targeted Public Distribution System is housed in the 1st and 2nd floor of the Secretariat Annexe-I building  located at Sonam Tshering Marg, Kazi Road, Gangtok. The Department is headed by the Secretary, and other functionaries both at the head office, districts, Sub-divisional and godown levels. The Department has four district offices at Mangan in North district, Gangtok in East district, Namchi in South district and Gyalsing in West district for smooth lifting and distribution of foodgrains under TDPS and essential food  commodities throughout the state. The Deputy Director /DCSOs   are supported by Inspectors, Sub-Inspectors and Assistant Sub-Inspectors. For ensuring smooth and effective dispatch of foodgrains from the Food Corporation of India Depots at Rangpo and Jorethang, the Department has set up its office at Siliguri.

 
The Department is involved in rendering the following important responsibilities:
1. The Primary function of the Department is procurement of foodgrains and other essential
  commodities from Food Corporation of India Depots and other authorized agencies for
  distribution of foodgrains to the citizens under Targeted Public Distribution System and
  ensuring availability of all other essential commodities at appropriate prices throughout
   the state.
   
2. ELIGIBILITY:
  At present, TPDS benefits the poorest of the poor identified families under various schemes
  and other population living below the poverty line identified as such with the norms
  approved both by the Central and State Governments.
   
3. IDENTIFICATION OF B.P.L. FAMILIES:
  The State Government has formulated several guidelines for identification of families living
  below the poverty line including AAY families by holding Gram Sabha at the block levels
  with direct involvement of the entire population of the block, Panchayat Members under
  the direct supervision of the concerned District Collectors.
   
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF BPL BENEFICIARIES
A B.P.L families should not:
1. have any or all the members in regular service of State Govt./Public Sector undertaking
2. have a retired Govt. servant eligible for getting pension. (However, mere receipt of Old Age Pension does not debar a family from being eligible for BPL benefits, if the economic condition of the family is considerable.)
3. get the benefit even if the members of the family are employed on M. R. basis unless the overall economic condition is deplorable due to number of persons in the family, no other sources of income, etc.
4. be in possession of Taxi/Private Vehicles in the name of any of the family members.
5. be in possession of a dwelling house/building let out partly or in whole fetching more than Rs. 2500/- per month as rent.
6. have any or all the members as registered/enlisted Govt. Contractor in Class I, IA, 2, 2A, 2B and 3 with the work-in progress or with sound socio-economic base.
7. have a shop run by the members of the family which gives sustainable returns to the family for its maintenance. ((However, if the shop is of very small scale, an the overall condition of the family is deplorable and case can be an exception for inclusion in the BPL List)
8. be in possession of good cultivable land with substantive production for maintenance of basic need of the family.
9. be a family which earns good returns by producing cash crops like cardamom, orange, fruit orchards, floriculture and undertaking poultry, piggery, dairy farms, etc.
10. be in a possession of means of modern amenities like telephone, scooter/Motor-bikes, Washing machine, Refrigerator, etc. which gives evidence of sound economic base of the family.
 

Households headed by widows or terminally ill persons/physically challenged persons/persons aged 60 years and above with no assured means of subsistence or social support, person earning their livelihood on daily basis in the informal sector and all primitive tribal households - fall under BPL category.

ALL REGULAR EMPLOYEES WORKING UNDER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT ARE NOT ENTITLED TO BPL BENEFITS.
 

Persons not falling/covered under the above criteria are requested to surrender their BPL Ration Cards to enable to genuine BPL beneficiaries to get their due share. The  Secretary, F&CS Department has requested all Secretaries and Head of Departments to ask regular Government employees to withdraw his/her name, in case it has been wrongly included in the scheme and to view non-compliance thereof seriously and to initiate disciplinary proceeding against him/her.

4. SCHEMES
 

For the benefit of the identified families living below the poverty line, the State Government implements the following schemes under Targeted Public Distribution System.

   Sl. No. Name of scheme Targeted beneficiary Eligibility Number of Beneficiaries
  1. Antyodaya Anna Yojana(AAY) Poorest of the poor from the 16,500 BPL families (Household) 35Kgs. of Rice per family at Rs. 3 per kg 16,500 Families(Household)
  2. Priority Household (PHH) 3,24,081 Beneficiaries (Members) 5Kgs. of Rice at Rs.3 per Kg per member 3,24,081 Beneficiaries
  3. Other Priority Household,General (OPHH/G) Households who could not be covered under AAY and PHH 9.607 Kg  of rice at Rs.11 per Kg. 1,23,091 Beneficiaries
  4. Other Priority Household, Special(OPHH/S) Households who could not be covered under AAY and PHH 9.607 Kg  of rice at Rs.11 per Kg. 1,23,091 Beneficiaries
  5. Wheat Schemes All people who are enlisted to OPHH beneficiaries 2.032 kg of atta at Rs. 9.95 (from July 2019) All OPHH beneficiaries
           
  I).  Antodaya Anna Yojana (AAY)
   

The poorest from the B.P.L. families have been further identified for the Antodaya Anna Yojana under which the beneficiary is entitled to 35 Kgs. of rice per family per month at the rate of Rs. 3/- per kg.

     
  II). PRIORITY HOUSEHOLD (PHH)
   

Under this scheme 5 kgs of rice per member is provided at the rate of Rs. 3/- per kg to   all economically weaker household.

     
  III). OTHER PRIORITY HOUSEHOLD, GENERAL:
   

Under this scheme 9.607 kg of rice per member is provided at the rate of Rs. 11/- per kg to all genuine households who could not be covered under antodaya anna yojana and priority household.

     
  IV). OTHER PRIORITY HOUSEHOLD, SPECIAL:
   

Under this scheme 9.607 kg of rice per member is provided at the rate of Rs. 11/- per kg to welfare institution i.e Orphanages, Old Age Homes, SHEDA, Sanskrit Pathsalas, Schools for Special/ Differently Abled and Spastic Society where the inmates are provided residential facility and whose names are not covered under Antodaya Anna Yojana, Priority Household and Other Priority Household(General).

     
  V). WHEAT
    The present scheme of subsidized Atta of the Government of Sikkim is distributed to Other Priority Household (General & Special) beneficiaries only @ the scale of 2.032 kg per month per individual at the rate of Rs. 9.95(from July 2019). The scale of Atta may vary from time to time due to change in number of OPHH beneficiaries.
     

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