Goa Information Technology Minister Rohan Khaunte has lauded the use of infotech in the civil supplies department of the Telangana government which has helped in curbing illegal transport of essential commodities distributed under public distribution system (PDS).
Khaunte and Goa IT Secretary Ameya Abhayankar visited the Command Control Centre in Civil Supplies Bhavan here.
According to an official release, Telangana Commissioner of Civil Supplies C V Anand explained the functioning of the centre to them.
During the meeting, the minister appreciated the use of IT in the civil supplies department in curbing illegal transport of essential commodities, the release said.
“Transport of ration rice to the black market has stopped after the Command Control Centre became operational. Removing irregularities in public distribution system and providing essential commodities to the eligible beneficiaries by using technology is very much appreciable,” Khaunte said.
Anand said application of technology helps in bringing transparency and accountability in the system, thereby curbing corruption.
An IT wing has been set up in the civil supplies department and about 1,700 closed circuit cameras are being installed in 171 godowns statewide. Also, similar command control centres are being set up in district joint collector offices, the commissioner added.
Monitoring of transportation of PDS rice from the Command Control Centre here has led to a drop in its diversion to the black market, Anand told the visiting minister.