The significance of PDS lies in its effort to distribute food grains equitably, & at a fairly low price to the poor of the society. The system identifies & categories the weaker section of the population as targeted beneficiaries under various schemes. They receive ration cards from the government to claim their entitlements in the form of specific quantities of essential commodities from the retail outlets every month. The system functions with the joint efforts of the State & the Central government to alleviate poverty & provide food security to the needy section of the population. The PDS stock or the bulk of essential commodities to be distributed, is lifted with the coordination between the State & the Central government. The OSCSC Ltd acts as an agent of the State government, and handles the responsibilities of purchase, procurements, storage and delivery of the stock to the retail dealers.

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