Originally, the Central Purchase Organization(CPO) which had its headquarter at Jorhat, Assam, served as the premier agency to cater to the requirement of foodgrains and other Essential Commodities of consumers in the region. The erstwhile Central Purchase Organisation (CPO) system which functions under the then North Eastern Frontier Agency(NEFA) administration laid down the basic framework for establishing a more structured and formal organization to streamline Foodgrains supply and distribution in the State of Nagaland. Thus, it was in the year 1967 that the Department of Food and Civil Supplies came into being with its Directorate based at Dimapur, Nagaland.
The Department of Food and Civil Supplies is headed by Commissioner & Secretary at the Government level, Director in the Directorate and Assistant Director of Supply/Superintendent of Supply in the District.
To provide maximum and extensive coverage in the distribution of food grains and essential commodities cutting across all sections with the objective of poverty eradication. This has led the Department along with the rest of the country in implementation of poverty alleviation programme through the various Schemes of the Government of India.