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

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Food Entitlements

We are a group of research scholars and student volunteers who have just spent three weeks surveying the public distribution system (PDS) around the country. We are writing to share a few thoughts on the National Food Security Act in the light of this experience.

Our survey covered more than 100 randomly-selected villages spread over nine states (Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Orissa, R ajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh). We inspected the local fair price shops and interviewed more than a thousand “belowthe-poverty-line” (BPL) households. Oblivious of the weather, we reached the country’s remotest nooks and crannies and spared no effort to understand the people’s situation and views.

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