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

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Red Herring of Targeting

IN its conflict-ridden search for a lean, efficient and yet humane development strategy, the United Front government is wrongly reviving the slogan of 'targeting' transfers at those who need it most. The area where this is immediately relevant is the supply of foodgrains through the public distribution system (PDS). Food minister Devendra Prasad, with support from some of his colleagues, has advanced a case for restricting the PDS to the 40 per cent of the population below the poverty line. Like many other ministerial statements and actions in recent days, this constitutes a significant departure from the common minimum programme (CMP) of the United Front.

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