The Public Distribution System is a very meaningful programme of the Indian Government. It ensures the right to food security of all BPL families and poorer sections. However, CIVIC has been sharing some challenges plaguing the system, and also some suggested solutions, with your department over the past year. As we all know, the only way to solve the problem of poor services to the public is to enable effective public participation. The Vigilance Committee is one avenue for the beneficiaries of the PDS to participate in its functioning. We understand that an announcement has been made for re-constituting the Vigilance Committees in the month of May for a period of one year. We wish to suggest that a democratic and transparent process needs to be followed in the formation of these committees. Otherwise, this could result in the improper functioning and deactivation of the committees.
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