• Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a deficit UT for food grains
  • The beneficiaries for food grains are identified and issued ration card (Family Identity Card) for coverage under Targeted Public Distribution System
  • The food grains viz Rice, Wheat, Sugar and Kerosene Oil are distributed to the beneficiaries through Public Distribution System (PDS)
  • The food grains are delivered to the ration card holder through Fair Price Shops (FPS) and a supply chain is maintained
  • The Govt. of India releases the food grain quota to this UT annually through Food Corporation Of India (FCI)
  • Nine Principle Distribution Center (PDC) has been established in all the major habitant islands under Hill Transport Subsidy Scheme of Govt. Of India. The Food Corporation Of India delivers the food grains to PDC from where the food grains are lifted by FPS owners as per ration card strength for further distribution to the ration card holders
  • The rates of the food grains are fixed by Andaman And Nicobar Administration and a very marginal amount is charged to ration card holders for transportation and handling charges
  • The Department maintains sufficient buffer stock of food grains in all the habited islands for which supply godown is constructed


  • Public Distribution System (PDS) of Essential Commodities through Fair Price Shops
  • Providing Family Identity Card (Ration Card) related services
  • Monitoring the distribution of LPGs and Kerosene Oil
  • Weekly Monitoring and publishing of prevailing market prices of essential commodities
  • Citizen's enrolment for AADHAAR
  • Protection of interests of Consumers under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 through State Consumer Redressal Forum and District Consumer Forum
  • Maintaining Buffer stock of food grains for food security
  • To conduct raids to apprehend the hoarders and black marketers