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

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Illusion of Plenty

Illusion of Plenty

THE government's policies in regard to procurement, pricing and distribution of foodgrains through the so-called public distribution system (PDS) are in a mess, though this has not received the attention that it should have. Ever since the beginning of economic liberalisation, the government has been publicly concerned with improving the 'targeting' of the PDS so that the benefit of the subsidised foodgrains does not go to the relatively well-off. Committees and working groups have grappled with the problem of what the basis of such targeting should be and suggestions have been floated that access to the PDS should be denied to households with incomes above a specified cut-off level, to those paying income tax, etc.

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