Public Distribution System (PDS), is a national food security system established by the Government of India under the Ministry of food Consumer Affairs managed jointly with state governments in India. The primary objective of PDS is to attain national food security. PDS distributes subsidized food and non-food items to Below Poverty Line (BPL), State-BPL, Antyodaya Anna Yojna, Annapurna and Above Poverty Line (APL) Consumers.
With a network of more than 400,000 Fair Price Shops (FPS), the Public Distribution System (PDS) in India is perhaps the largest distribution machinery of its type in the world. PDS is said to distribute each year commodities worth more than Rs 15,000 crore to about 16 crore families. This huge network can play a more meaningful role if the system is able to translate a macro level self-sufficiency into micro level by ensuring availability of food grains for the poor households.
Major commodities distributed to consumers include staple food grains such as wheat, rice, sugar, and kerosene through a network of Fair Price Shops (FPS) established in several states across the country.
The PDS Commodities currently being distributed by the Government of Rajasthan are Levy Sugar, Fortified Atta, Wheat, Rice and Kerosene Oil.