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Public Distribution System in Lakshadweep

The Public Distribution System in Lakshadweep is channelized through a network of Cooperative Societies. Lakshadweep Cooperative Marketing Federation, an apex body of Cooperative Societies is designated as the wholesale agent of Administration under Public Distribution System. It’s main role is procurement & transportation of essential commodities. The 10 Primary Cooperative Supply & Marketing Societies, 1 each in the 10 inhabitant islands act as the retail agents under Public Distribution System. Their main role is to stock the essential commodities in the islands and distribute them to the consumers through their retail outlets (FPS).

Considering the peculiar geographical situation and logistic problems the Government of India is allocating rice and wheat on an yearly basis, sugar and Kerosene Oil on half-yearly basis. On the basis of the allocation orders issued by the Government of India, Public Distribution System items are lifted from the Central Agencies like Food Corporation of India (FCI) and India Oil Corporation (IOC) and transported to the islands in the administration’s cargo barges and private motorized sailing vessels. The essential commodities procured are stored in the islands in government godowns as well as the godowns of Cooperative / Supply and Marketing Societies, which have combined storage capacity of about 6673 MT. These essential commodities are distributed to the consumers in the islands through Fair Price Shops working under the Cooperative Societies, each one of which has a coverage of less than 2000 people living within a radius of 1.5 kilometres.

The competent authority to issue ration cards in each islands is Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) who is a revenue official.

NIC’s presence in Lakshadweep includes the state centre at Secretariat, Kavaratti and two district centres at Kochi and Minicoy.

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Contact Us Phone: +91-4896-262012
Email: dfcs_lk(at)nic(dot)in , dirfcs_lk(at)nic(dot)in
Address: Office of Co-Op supply & Marketing Society, Kavaratti,Lakshadweep UT Unit,