Bhubaneshwar: The Government of Odisha and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) shared the end-line evaluation report of the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) reforms project undertaken in Odisha in a workshop held today in Bhubaneshwar. The TPDS reforms project was implemented by the Government in collaboration with UN WFP.
The reforms initiative included formulating and implementing a plan for identification of right beneficiaries for delivery of food grains and for its distribution in a transparent and accountable manner at the Fair Price Shops (FPS), using technology and automation as the means to improve the overall efficiency and performance of the TPDS. It also attempted to empower women by identifying them as the household head, giving female members of the household more power on ration utilization of food subsidies.
“it is heartening to hear that we are getting a positive response on the transformations that have been undertaken in TPDS in Odisha, post the implementation of the National Food Security Act. Every system has scope for improvement and assessments such as this are important to reflect on the progress made so far and undertake any course correction that may be required. We would like to thank WFP for carrying out this study and look forward to collaborating for taking forward the recommendations of the evaluation,” said VV Yadav, Commissioner and Secretary, Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department.
The evaluation report sharing workshop was attended by state and district level government officials from the Department of Food, civil society members and UN agencies. “This evaluation report has successfully reflected on the status of reform measures under well-accepted international evaluation criteria of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. The report also has recommendations for both the Government of Odisha and WFP,” said Erick Kenefick, Deputy Country Director, United Nations World Food Programme, India.
The overall purpose of the end-line evaluation, which was undertaken in Bhubaneshwar block and Municipal Corporation, was to assess the performance and results of the TPDS reforms project and draw actionable !earnings to inform operational and strategic decision making. The key measures for the end-line evaluation included assessing beneficiary targeting errors; service satisfaction and convenience among beneficiaries and FPS owners; and perception on the effectiveness of the existing grievance redressal mechanism.
The evaluation, commissioned by UN WFP and conducted by Sambodhi Research and Communications Private Limited, covers the period of 2014 to 2019 and compares the results with the baseline evaluation conducted earlier in 2014.
The report concludes that significant progress has been made towards achievement of the goals envisaged for the reforms programme such as; reducing targeting errors; automation of supply chain operations; automation of FPS; enhancing consumer satisfaction and convenience etc. The reforms have gathered institutional sustainability, components such as Supply Chain Management System (SCMS), digitization of beneficiary database, automatic allocation of food grains, door-step delivery of grains and Point of Sale (PoS) automation at FPS level have already been carried out, and currently a core part of Food Supply and Consumer Welfare (FS&CW) department’s operation.