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Evaluation of Household Awareness and Utilisation of Jammu and Kashmir Food Entitlement Scheme

The Jammu and Kashmir Food Entitlement Scheme, launched to cover the scanty food entitlement under the National Food Security Act, has some serious flaws besides having the upper cap on household entitlement. The foodgrains provided under the scheme are sold at higher prices than those provided under the NFSA, which would not be affordable to most households living below the poverty line. Additionally, households are unaware of the implementation of JKFES and many do not purchase foodgrains under the scheme due to higher prices and poor quality.

Food Security and the Public Distribution System in Jammu and Kashmir

Till 1990–91, Jammu and Kashmir used to be a food surplus state, but it turned into a food-deficit state by 2000, due to changing land use pattern, stagnant agricultural production, unfavourable climate, conflict, and misplaced policy priorities. J&K faces issues with availability and accessibility more than with affordability. This study suggests systematic reforms to curb the leakages within the system in order to provide food security to the people at large.



In our article “Food Security and the Public Distribution System in Jammu and Kashmir,” published in the 26 December 2020 issue of EPW, we inadvertently missed citing Dar (2015) for Table 1 and para 7 on page 19. Therefore, we add the following citation in our article through this corrigendum: Dar, Tanveer Ahmad (2015): “Food Security in Kashmir: Food Production and the Universal Public Distribution System,” Social Change, Vol 45, No 3, pp 400–20. The inconvenience is deeply regretted. —Shaveta Kohli, Khurshid Ahmad Rather

The error is regretted. — Ed.

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