The Civil Supplies Department was functioning as Hyderabad Commercial Corporation in the erstwhile Hyderabad State from 1946 to 1952. In 1952, the Civil Supplies Department was created and later on, it became part of the Board of Revenue, a Member of which was designated as Commissioner of Civil Supplies. The nomenclature of the Department was "Board of Revenue (Civil Supplies)". With the abolition of the Board of Revenue in 1977, the Civil Supplies Department gained separate entity and the Commissioner of Civil Supplies became the Head of the Department and also given the Ex.Officio status as Secretary in the then Food & Agriculture Department (presently the Consumer Affairs, Food and Civil Supplies Department).

Originally, the Department was only a regulatory Department. Subsequently, its activities have been diversified to include procurement of foodgrains under Minimum Support Price (MSP) operations, rice distribution under subsidized rice scheme, consumer affairs, price monitoring, distribution of LPG connections to BPL women (Deepam Scheme) etc.

The Commissioner of Civil Supplies is also the Ex - Officio Secretary to Government in the Consumer Affairs, Food and Civil Supplies Department.

A.P State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd., is the Government undertaking under the control of the Consumer Affairs, Food and Civil Supplies Department.

Functions of Commissioner of Civil Supplies.

1. Procurement of Paddy, coarse grains like maize, jowar, bajra, pulses     at MSP through the State agencies and FCI under MSP operations.

2. Procurement of rice under mill levy for central pool by FCI.

3. Public Distribution of essential commodities through fair price shops.

4. Implementation of LPG connections for BPL families ( Deepam )     Scheme.

5. Monitoring of prices of essential commodities and Market     Intervention Operations for controlling the open market prices, if     need arises.

6. Implementation of Consumer Protection Act through State    Commission and District Consumer Fora and other Consumer     Welfare Schemes.

7. Implementation of Packaged Commodities Rules and MRP and     ensuring correct measures and weights through verification and     stamping by Legal Metrology Department.

8. Implementation of Petroleum Products and other Control Orders     under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955.

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