Monitoring Of Pair Price Shop
Project Name :
Monitoring Of Pair Price Shop
- Total Budget: 3,17,816
- Sponsored: Public Affair Center
- Project Period: August 2019 – February 2020
- Project Area: Kolar Bangalore Urban
Project Summary: The project intends to improve the overall functioning and governance of the Public Distribution System (PDS) scheme in selected FPS of Kolar and Bangalore Urban Dist., 6 FPS are in each District are the Target by majorly focusing on Fair Price Shops. The final expected outcomes of the project
- i) Inclusive & sustained access to Fair Price Shops by individuals & families
- ii) Enhanced transparency & accountability in FPS functioning
iii) Strengthening capacity of partner organisations to facilitate & monitor citizen monitoring of FPS on a sustained basis
- iv) Understanding the functioning status of Fair Price Shops
- v) FPS and Government officials are responsive to demands of citizens
- vi) Creation of a standardized citizen monitoring process for replication across
other geographies & public services
Responsibilities Of Institute of Youth and Development
Institute of Youth and Development, entering into an agreement with Public Affairs Centre as a District Level Partner Organization (DLPO) for the “Citizen Monitoring of Fair Price Shops under Public Distribution System in Karnataka”
Project shall fulfil the following broad responsibilities:
- Institute of Youth and Development, referred to as DLPO, is responsible for successful completion of project activities in Kolar and Bengaluru Urban districts.
- Institute of Youth and Development will assign TWO dedicated staff to each district.
Any change of the staff during the intervention should be informed to PAC.
- It shall be the sole responsibility of DLPO to ensure that the collected data provided by the monitoring team reaches PAC in a timely fashion (no later than 5 days after completion of the monitoring visit).
- DLPO shall ensure smooth progress and coordination of the project by identifying and dealing with any hindrances to the project, and communicating the same to PAC on an ongoing basis.
- DLPO shall be responsible for bringing discrepancies, malpractices, inefficiencies & leakages, etc. in the system to the attention of PAC, and the district level and taluk level officials.
DLPO shall ensure that necessary action is taken by the Department and will report progress of the same back to PAC.
Reports submitted by DLPO to PAC should be as per prescribed formats specified by PAC and adhering to quality standards prescribed by PAC.
Reports will be reviewed by PAC before accepting it.
- DLPO will follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) provided by PAC when carrying out project activities.
- Organizing Gram Sabha’s, citizen monitoring of the assigned FPSs, Data collection Organizing peer-to-peer meeting(s) etc.
- Attend Training of 2 DLPO members for each district as Trainers (of citizen monitoring teams) by PAC
- These trained DLPO staff will carry out all activities for the 6 FPSs in the district.
- The 2 trained DLPO staff shall be responsible for organizing and moderating the 2 Gram Sabha’s for each of the 6 selected FPSs in the district.
- The first Gram Sabha will be conducted at the beginning of the intervention, during which 4 citizens will be elected by the community to be trained as citizen monitors as per the protocol specified by PAC. The second Gram Sabha will be held at the end of the intervention.
- DLPO staff will conduct baseline awareness and end line awareness interviews with the elected citizen monitors using the questionnaires provided by PAC.
- The 4 citizens elected by the community will be trained by DLPO staff and inducted as citizen monitors. 6 FPS will be selected for each district, and each FPS will have 4 citizen monitors.
- DLPO will coordinate 3 citizen monitoring visits conducted by citizen monitors and facilitate collection of data by them. DLPO will NOT enter the data in the monitoring forms, but will only facilitate the citizen monitoring teams to do so.
- DLPO shall engage with concerned district & taluka level Government officials to facilitate the project as required.
- DLPO will facilitate interaction between citizen monitors and local government/Department authorities. This shall be fulfilled through effective engagement with the stakeholders like FPS owners, department/local authorities, etc.
- DLPO will be responsible for conducting a district level peer-to-peer meeting after the 2 nd monitoring visit of the monitoring team as per the project schedule
As per the TOR following Programmes were undertaken.
Conduced Grama Sabha’s in beginning of the Intervention and Selected 4 Citizen Monitoring members in each FPS who will monitor the FPS,
Given Training to all the CMs and they conduced 2 monitoring visits during this period.
Conducted 2 Peer to Peer Meeting of all the CMs, one in IYD Koramangala Regional Training Centre, Bangalore and the other one in IYD Office Kolar.
Second Grama Sabha conducted at the end of the Intervention moderated by Citizen monitors of FPSs.
OUTCOME OF THE PROGRAMME:
Fair Price Shops were made updated with Minutes books, Complaint Register, Display of Timings, Display of Boards, Display of Food grains for quality check, Providing Drinking Water in the FPS, Providing bench for Sr. Citizens.
Awareness was created among the beneficiaries through Grama Sabha about the purpose of this scheme, source of food grains, quality and quantity,
Awareness created among the beneficiaries not to accept any other items which they don’t want to buy, earlier was forced and insisted by the shop owner to buy items other than the Govt. supply.
Citizen Moniters were trained how to help the beneficiaries in getting their food grains, weight, quality and cooperate with the Fair Shop owner during the distribution of Food grains, and communicate to the beneficiaries about the date and time of food distribution. And also help the non-ration card holders to get their
Ration Card by approaching Food Inspector of the respective FPS.
After the Intervention, the FPS are opening daily with scheduled timings notified by the Department and quality of the Food grains are supplied to the beneficiaries. Since the CMs presence, there is not much discrepancies reporting. The beneficiaries are now aware about their rights. Quantity, timings, and also the Toll free no. for any grievances reporting.the criteria for getting BPL and APL Cards.