Civil Supplies Department of Kerala

The Civil Supplies Department discharges the important responsibilities of Public Distribution, enforcement of markets discipline and promotion of consumer awareness and protection of their interest. In the 60s and 70s it won many accolades for the pioneering achievements in the implementation of Universal Rationing System.The Department of Civil Supplies functions under the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs of the Government of Kerala. The department has a state wide monitoring mechanism to watch the availability and prices of various essential commodities so as to prevent food adulteration,hoarding and price hike etc.The Central Norm of one Fair price shop for 2,000 population has already been achieved in Kerala and normally no card holders here need travel more than 2Kilometer to reach his fair price shop even in the remotest area.However, new fair price shops are being opened mostly in tribal and hilly areas as and when found necessary reviewing the needs of the people of the locality and giving preference to Co-operative sector/ women/ unemployed rural youth/ SC/ ST.

Organization Structure

.The Public Distribution System in Kerala is enforced by the State Civil Supplies Department which is under the exclusive charge of the Commissioner of Civil Supplies and Secretary to Government, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department. Under him, there is the Director of Civil Supplies who is the Chief Executive Head of the Department. There is a Controller of Rationing with State wide jurisdiction on matters of Rationing and a Controller of Rationing (Enforcement) having the same status to implement the rules and policies and Assistant Secretaries and staff to assist the Director on administrative matters. There is a Chief Accounts Officer at the Headquarters to look after the are four Deputy Controllers of Rationing with zonal jurisdictions whose functions mainlyare inspection of subordinate offices and to conduct enquiries on complaints against the dealers and members of the staff etc. There is a Control Room functioning in the Directorate under the supervision of a Statistical Officer who is responsible to collect statistical data required for the effective functioning of the Department. In each district, there is a District Supply Officer who is the head of the Civil Supplies administration of each Revenue District.All the Ration Shops are being inspected by the Officers frequently to guard against malpractice. A Vigilance Officer having state-wide jurisdictionis also been working under the direct supervision of the Director of Civil Supplies.

Notable Function of Food & Civil Supplies Department :

  • Establishment (Gazetted) papers of Civil Supplies Department.
  • Regularization of excess consumption of fuel by officials of Civil Supplies Department.
  • Purchase and maintenance of vehicles of Civil Supplies Department.
  • Implementation of Pilot Project on Food Credit Cards in Ernakulam District.
  • Maveli Medical Stores, Petrol Bunks and Kerosene Depots by Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation.
  • Issue of new Ration Cards
  • Implementation of Smart card in selected ARDs
  • The Scheme is intended for the benefit of senior citizens above the age of65 and it is a centrally sponsored scheme.
  • Supplies front and to take remedial measures under the leadership of the Controller of Rationing (Enforcement).
  • Distribution of Rationed articles to SC/ST and OBC hostels were also done by this department.
  • Sugar, Kerosene and Wheat will be issued at APL rates to all families under BPL scheme

Department Section:

S.NO Department Section Phone No
1 Food & Civil Supplies (A) Department 0471 2518524
2 Food and Civil Supplies (B) Department 0471 2518770
3 Food and Civil Supplies (C) Department 0471 2518734
4 Food and Civil Supplies (D) Department 0471- 2518360
5 Food and Civil Supplies (P) Department 0471-2517114

Kerala Food & Civil Supplies Department Important Contact Details:

Shri. Anoop Jacob Minister for Food and Civil Supplies

Room No. 140
North Block
2nd Floor
Ph- 0471-2333670, 0471-2518811
Mobile :9847069671
Fax :0471-2333350
E- mail

Food & Civil Supplies Department

Ground Floor
North Sandwich Block

Shri. Anil .X Secretary

Ph-0471-2326333, 2518650
Mobile: 9447178000

Related Websites of Food & Civil Supplies Departments

S.NO Name of Website Link
1 Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation (SUPPLYCO)
2 Department of Civil Supplie
3 Food Craft Institute website
4 National Center for HACCP Certification

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  1. pvsmenon Says:

    i would like to know whether the rice quota 4 ration card holders 4 the month of april 2013 is reduced 2 half of the quantity?

  2. hariharan K Says:

    sir, from your web the ration for the month of oct2014for APL cardholders is 10kg of rice and twokg of wheat. but the nallepilly area the ration delears says they have te order to supply only 6kg of rice for all. so please clarify which one is correct,if you are right then take action against to the delars

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