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

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Plugging PDS Pilferage

The targeted public distribution system is fraught with leakages. With the Food Security Act in place now, policymakers face a greater challenge in curtailing leakages and improving delivery on a much larger scale. This article studies a project in Uttar Pradesh which uses mobile phone SMS to monitor PDS supplies and fi nds an enthusiastic response from the users, even if the project itself has not worked well.

Caste-Based Clustering of Land Parcels in Two Villages in Uttar Pradesh

This paper examines if the land parcels in Indian villages exhibit caste-based clustering. Using digitised cadastral maps of two villages in Uttar Pradesh and a unique data set collected by conducting a survey in these two villages, we determine the caste of the owner of each parcel. We then used spatial methods to calculate Moran's Index for caste-based clustering. In both villages, we observed a statistically significant level of clustering of land parcels based on caste groups. This finding has important implications for social learning in technology adoption, sharing of agricultural inputs, and development of fragmented markets for inputs like groundwater.
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