ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Public Distribution System as Safety Net-Who Is Saved

The great emphasis on the Public Distribution System (PDS) as a safety net to deal with the problems of poverty, partially induced or aggravated by structural adjustment, begs the question of the extent to which the PDS can fulfil these expectations. Are the assumptions realistic, or is there some unfounded over-optimism about the possibilities of the PDS. How does the PDS work in reality? Is it viable ? And who profits from the food subsidy? This paper discusses these questions about the viability and spread of the benefits of the PDS against the background of its actual working in Karnataka and Kerala.

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