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Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021
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Cracks In The Silo Wall

Without addressing PDS woes, food security legislation would be meaningless

Cracks In The Silo Wall
Sandipan Chatterjee
Cracks In The Silo Wall
outlookindia.com
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Flaws In The PDS…

  • Poor verification norms, over two crore bogus BPL cards
  • Over 1.2 crore BPL families don’t have a ration card
  • No monitoring, resulting in pilferage, gaps in delivery, poor quality foodgrains
  • Poor profit margins a major cause for corruption
  • Lack of information hinders benefits from reaching the poor

…and the Solutions

  • Base fair price shops on new business model
  • The Centre takes ‘responsibility’ for delivery in states
  • Make verification of beneficiaries an annual affair
  • Computerise ration card database, operations to curb malpractices
  • Improve monitoring through community involvement, complaint redressal

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After an empty political gesture, there’s some light at the...

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