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Tale of Two Surveys

Statistics can prove anything, depending on the type of data one chooses to present. By collating different sets of data, widely differing in scope and coverage, the results derived could be confusing, adding one more dimension of controversy to the already existing estimates. The paper by Deepak Lal, Rakesh Mohan and I Natarajan (hereafter called DRN) is an example in this regard ‘Economic Reforms and Poverty Alleviation: A Tale of Two Surveys’, EPW, March 24, 2001).

Targeting and Efficiency in the Public Distribution System

This paper compares the public distribution of food in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Based on the 50th round of National Sample Survey (NSS) household consumption survey data, the authors examine differences in utilisation, extent of targeting, magnitude of income transfers and the cost-effectiveness of food subsidies. The findings suggest policy reforms in favour of self-targeting and greater operational efficiency.
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