Wadhwa Committee Report Submitted

By order of the Supreme Court, responding to a Writ Petition [1], the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in 2006  constituted a Central Vigilance Committee under the Chairmanship of Justice D.P. Wadhwa to look into the maladies affecting the proper functioning of the Public Distribution System and also suggest remedial measures. Some of the recommendations of the Committee, which submitted its final report to the Supreme Court:

  • Abolish private run Fair Prices Shops (FPS)
  • States through their civil supply corporations must take up responsiblity to ensure that PDS foodgrain is not diverted to the black market
  • Points to a nexus between FPS owners, transporters, bureaucrats and politicians
  • An indipendent Civil Supplies Corporation must be constituted in the states to distribute PDS grain at the FPS level and take over existing FPS.
  • FPS could be alloted to cooperatives, registered women’s SGHs, and grocery shops subject to the condition that they are also doing other work apart from running FPS.
  • Central government should come up with a fixed criterion for FPS.
  • There should be no cap on the limit of BPL families.
  • BPL and AAY should be reviewed every year for the purpose of inclusion and deletion.
  • APL should be abolished as a large number did not lift their ration from FPS and it became a source of diversion

A bench has asked for a response from the government and all the parties. It will be taken up on Feb 8th.

[1] –  People’s Union for Civil Liberties vs.  Union of India and Others
Source – Indian Express

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