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  • MP government leapfrogs to become India’s first state set to deploy food coupon based PDS system to empower the poor
  • Largest TPDS to be deployed on the UIDAI guidelines
  • To be one of the Largest ‘Aadhar’ (UID project) roll out in the country with 50million (approx.) UID numbers generated
  • Over 15million families in MP to benefit from the deployment

HCL Infosystems India’s premier hardware, services and ICT systems integration and distribution company today announced the awarding of the contract from the Government of Madhya Pradesh for the implementing of India’s largest food-coupon based Targeted Public Distribution Systems (TPDS) in the state. HCL Infosystems led consortium bagged this order which would involve setting up an efficient model of food & civil supplies distribution in the state based on the UIDAI guidelines, for over 10million expected transactions per month at Rs. 10.98 (per transaction per family) spread over 78 months. While the BPL & AAY families (10 million approx.) would get access to the scheme for free, the APL families (8milliion approx.) will be paying a one-time subsidised registration fee of Rs. 250 only. The deployment would not only make use of technology to increase efficiency and transparency in the current system with food coupons distributed to the BPL, AAY and APL families but also generate 50million (approx.) UID numbers after all the verification and de-duplication process. These food coupons will capture all biometric, tax, demographic and personal information details, enabling authorities to ensure proper distribution of food rationing and other benefits. HCL Infosystems led consortium with its expertise was found best suited to deploy this unique solution, after extensive scrutiny, solution demonstration and evaluation by various committees and other state agencies.


Speaking on the occasion Mr. J.V Ramamurthy, President & COO, HCL Infosystems said “It gives me immense pleasure to see HCL Infosystems led consortium given this opportunity to lead the way with India’s first state wide deployment for a technology led PDS solution. Technology today has an intrinsic role to play in people’s life and it is encouraging to see the authorities enabling this change. We really appreciate the vision of the Government of Madhya Pradesh to become the first state in India to allow technology intervention in revolutionizing the PDS which is fraught with issues around efficiency and transparency. Public Distribution System is vital for sustained life of the people living below poverty line and this project is a step in the right direction to make the Public Distribution System more robust and effective, empowering the underprivileged with systems that are truly people centric”


The foundation of TPDS has been laid to effectively deal with issues like bogus/duplicate ration cards, food leakage/manipulation timely informing authorities of any irregularities. The food coupon based system will ensure the power is in the hand of the consumer who will be able track and monitor food grains and other supplies rightfully assigned to him. This watertight process will help eliminate misuse of subsidy and any irregularities through analysing accurate allocation that is linked to actual utilisation and also improve efficiency of the supply chain through timely reporting of stock lifting at FPS (Fare Price Shops) and Godowns.


The project to cover the entire state (50 districts and over 20,000+ Fair Price Shops) will be implemented in four phases over the period of 16-18months. HCL Infosystems led consortium would include Accor Services Pvt. Ltd (EDENRED) and Virgo  Softech Ltd that has already started work in this time bound state development critical project which would also generate employment for over 3000 people.


HCL Infosystems has been rapidly undergoing a transformation to become a leading System Integration company in the country, uniquely poised to take on projects that need customised solutions. The company had earlier deployed India’s first Smart Card based PDS system in Chandigarh now with this selection in Madhya Pradesh as a preferred partner clearly makes it the only company in the country with experience and expertise in the field to take on citizen centric programs like Aadhar and PDS.


About HCL Infosystems

HCL Infosystems Ltd, with revenue (LTM) of US $ 2.5 billion (Rs. 12,233 crores) is India’s premier hardware, services and ICT systems integration company offering a wide  spectrum of ICT products that includes Computing, Storage, Networking, Security, Telecom, Imaging and Retail. HCL is a one-stop-shop for all the ICT requirements of an organization. India’s leading System Integration and Infrastructure Management Services Organization, HCL has specialized expertise across verticals including Telecom, BFSI, eGovernance & Power. HCL has India’s largest distribution and retail network, taking to market a range of Digital Lifestyle products in partnership with leading global ICT brands, including Apple, Cisco, Ericsson, Kingston, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Microsoft, Nokia, and many more. HCL today has India’s largest vertically integrated computer manufacturing facility with over three decades of electronic manufacturing experience & HCL desktops is the largest selling brand into the enterprise space. With India’s largest ICT services network that reaches to every corner of India, HCL’s award winning Support Services makes it the preferred choice of enterprise and consumers alike. HCL Infosystems has a 100% subsidiary that addresses the physical security technology system integration market. The subsidiary leverages technology to build a security framework called ‘Safe State’ that safe guard’s life, infrastructure & society. For more information please visit us at www.hclinfosystems.in

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