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Revamping PDS Some Issues and Implications

Revamping PDS: Some Issues and Implications S Geetha M H Suryanarayana This paper attempts to answer the following questions: (i) What have been the objectives of the PDS and have they changed in successive five-year plans? (ii) Is there any disparity among the states in terms of food distributed under the PDS? If yes, what is the disparity has it changed over the plan periods and which are the states that have to make concerted efforts to improve the PDS? (iii) If there had been proper targeting of the PDS only towards the population below the poverty line, what would have been the quantum of food distributed, the position in individual states, the total subsidy and the improvement in the per capita consumption of the poor?

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