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Following the grain trail: on India's public distribution system -Jean Dreze

-The Hindu Many States have initiated ‘reforms’ of the public distribution system that are hurting millions of people India’s public distribution system (PDS) is in danger of being derailed in several States across the country. Recent disruptions of the PDS have taken different forms, from compulsory biometric authentication to so-called direct benefit transfer (DBT). The consequen

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Introducing ragi in the PDS is fraught with challenges -Mamata Pradhan and Devesh Roy

esistant crops, goals associated with the policy won’t materialise After a gap of three years, the Karnataka government has reintroduced ragi/finger millet in its public distribution system (PDS). To feed the PDS system, the government has announced a procurement price much higher than the market price and introduced bonuses. With interventions on the sides of both production as well as consumption

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Reetika Khera, Associate Professor of Economics at IIT-Delhi, interviewed by Surabhi (The Hindu Business Line)

r years, the NDA government has been working on schemes for direct benefit transfer for food, and other welfare schemes. What has been the impact on people's lives? The Public Distribution System (PDS) has faced continuous, disguised, assaults in the NDA regime. First, the government imposed compulsory Aadhaar-based biometric authentication. A recent survey of 900 households in Jharkhand found that it excludes the most vulnerable (such as old widow

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Aadhaar Of Injustice -Anjali Bhardwaj & Amrita Johri

only identity fraud, where an individual colludes with the system to be included multiple times in the list of beneficiaries. This accounts for a tiny proportion of corruption. In programmes like the PDS, the major reason for corruption is quantity and quality fraud with ration shopkeepers refusing to give people their full share of rations or pilfering good quality foodgrain and replacing them with poor quality stock. Aadhaar can do nothing to tackle

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No vaccination, no ration: UP health dept officials -Harveer Dabas

s taken to "put pressure" on people opposing the vaccination programme. He also told TOI that the department has successfully conducted this "experiment" -- of stopping food under PDS for those not getting vaccination done -- in another block of the district last year. On Saturday evening, the Bijnor health department issued a note saying, "Many people are opposing vaccination programme in Kotwali Dehat block, playing with

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Hunger whiff in death

fth victim of hunger in the state last year although the glaring cause of these deaths have never been officially confirmed. According to the report, Etwaria was not given food grains by the local PDS dealer since October 2017 and was told her thumb impression did not match her Aadhaar biometric data, among other things. Members Jahur Ansari, Siraj Dutta and Mithilesh Kumar of the fact-finding team said official records available online suggeste

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Civil society activists allege another hunger death in Jharkhand due to failure of aadhaar-based biometric authentication

itlement of grain and kerosene quantities but distributed for only a month. Denial of ration to Etwariya’s family is yet another example of the disruptions in the Public Distribution System (PDS) caused due to its mandatory integration with Aadhaar. Dealers have started tampering with digital records in order to hide accumulated stocks. One way they do this is to separate authentication and distribution – get people’s fingerprints

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IMA strike call may hit private OPDS today

ices for 12 hours in protest against the National Medical Commission Bill, which seeks to replace Medical Council of India with a new body. The bill is likely to be debated in Parliament on Tuesday. OPDS of private hospitals may be hit but emergency and critical services will be open, officials said. The bill also proposes to allow alternative medicine graduates to practise allopathy after completing a "bridge course". In response to the

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How PDS can be made effective through better governance -Anjani Kumar and Seema Bathla

-The Financial Express The Odisha experience shows that PDS can play a pivotal role in bringing convergence and making India’s two important missions—food and nutrition security—successful in a short time. New Delhi: India’s public distribution system (PDS) is the largest food security programme in the world, which covers nearly 60% of the population and costs Rs 1.45 trillio

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Proposed scheme to address agrarian distress is impractical and does not touch on systemic issues -Roshan Kishore

try in risk sharing for more than half of India’s farm produce. An even bigger question is what state governments will do with the procured food grain? The public distribution system (PDS) entitlements are currently limited to rice, wheat and coarse grains. Trying to sell the procured grains even on a zero-profit basis would mean competing against sellers in the market. This is not practical. If states decide to offer pulses and oilsee

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