PDS stores eye ISO recognition, to go cashless – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

CHENNAI: The cooperation department will modernize the operation of fair price stores to meet the quality standards necessary to obtain ISO 9000 (quality control), ISO 28000 (supply chain and storage) and FSSAI certificates. It will also introduce a cashless payment system through UPI apps and other digital payment methods.

“Efforts are being made to improve the operation of ration stores to meet international quality standards,” Cooperation Minister I Periyasamy said in a statement on Friday. There are 34,773 ration stores across TN, of which 33,377 are operated by cooperative societies.

Listing the measures proposed to improve the ration stores, he said that small godowns with a capacity ranging from 5 to 10 tonnes would be built close to the ration stores depending on the availability of space. He added that a few ration shops were already accepting digital payments and this would be extended to all shops in Tamil Nadu.

Regarding infrastructure, he said 17,473 of the 33,377 ration stores operated in government buildings and 6,981 in rental buildings. “An order has been passed to construct new buildings for 6,907 ration stores, land has been identified for 862 and an administrative sanction has been granted for 243. All buildings will have toilets,” Minister Periyasamy said.

Land for new constructions

440 square feet For stores serving less than 500 cards

550 square feet For stores carrying more than 500 cards

5kg cylinder sale soon

Periyasamy said the sale of 5kg and 2kg gas cylinders will soon be launched in some stores. In addition, the sale of groceries had been authorized in 892 ration shops. “Iron pallets will be installed in the stores for the storage of foodstuffs. Rice and wheat will be stored in stainless steel containers instead of jute bags,” the minister said.

CHENNAI: The cooperation department will modernize the operation of fair price stores to meet the quality standards necessary to obtain ISO 9000 (quality control), ISO 28000 (supply chain and storage) and FSSAI certificates. It will also introduce a cashless payment system through UPI apps and other digital payment methods. “Efforts are being made to improve the operation of ration stores to meet international quality standards,” Cooperation Minister I Periyasamy said in a statement on Friday. There are 34,773 ration stores across TN, of which 33,377 are operated by cooperative societies. Listing the measures proposed to improve the ration stores, he said that small godowns with a capacity ranging from 5 to 10 tonnes would be built close to the ration stores depending on the availability of space. He added that a few ration shops were already accepting digital payments and this would be extended to all shops in Tamil Nadu. Regarding infrastructure, he said 17,473 of the 33,377 ration stores operated in government buildings and 6,981 in rental buildings. “An order has been passed to construct new buildings for 6,907 ration stores, land has been identified for 862 and an administrative sanction has been granted for 243. All buildings will have toilets,” Minister Periyasamy said. Land for new buildings 440 square feet For shops serving less than 500 cards 550 square feet For shops serving more than 500 cards Upcoming sale of 5 kg cylinders Periyasamy said that the sale of 5 kg and 2 kg gas cylinders would soon be launched in some stores. In addition, the sale of groceries had been authorized in 892 ration shops. “Iron pallets will be installed in the stores for the storage of foodstuffs. Rice and wheat will be stored in stainless steel containers instead of jute bags,” the minister said.

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