"Punjab continues to enjoy the status of bread basket of India as it plays an important role in contributing the largest part of central food grain pool. Since its establishment in 1942,Department of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs ,Government of Punjab continues to work to improve Public Distribution System, procurement process of food grains and their storage. Working in close cooperation with Government of India, Food Corporation of India and other procurement agencies in Punjab, the Department has, over the years, created a reputation of being a leader in introducing innovation in the field of food grains procurement and storage. Introduction of PoS machines and swipe cards and recording of every single transaction w.r.t procurement and milling the procurement process in the state would find no parallel anywhere in the country as various banks operating in Punjab have extended their valuable cooperation in making this project a success. In order to protect food grain from damage, the private entrepreneurs of Punjab have added enormous covered storage capacity under PEG scheme. We are now working on to encourage crop diversification and setting up food processing units to help farmers. We are alive to the dynamics of the food sector and are striving hard to keep abreast of the latest technological, environment, legal and social issues. The department is aiming at end to end computerization by creating a large database of all Arhtiyas, Mills and Mandis, Ration Card holders and Fair Price Shops."