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

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Targeting and Efficiency in the Public Distribution System

This paper compares the public distribution of food in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Based on the 50th round of National Sample Survey (NSS) household consumption survey data, the authors examine differences in utilisation, extent of targeting, magnitude of income transfers and the cost-effectiveness of food subsidies. The findings suggest policy reforms in favour of self-targeting and greater operational efficiency.

A Tough Law for Other People's Crime

The state that has enacted a fresh law to control crime syndicates in Andhra Pradesh is not an innocent victim of such syndicates nor a beleaguered administration frustrated by mafia gangs beyond its control. It is itself a major patron and protector of a variety of crime syndicates, notwithstanding the air of injured innocence it puts on when asked to explain its latest legislative adventure.

Andhra Pradesh: Looking beyond Vision 2020

Where landlessness and exploitative informal tenancy relationships are the major causes of acute rural poverty and where the bureaucracy has a proven track-record of not reaching the lowest layers of the poor, without land reforms and empowerment of panchayats the best intentions of the Andhra Pradesh government will not give the desired results, leading to enormous investment in the rural sector yielding sub-optimal social returns.

Drinking Water as a Fundamental Right

The recent landmark judgment by the Supreme Court, placing drinking water as a fundamental right should serve as a stern warning to the politician-bureaucrat nexus who have in recent years turned a blind eye to the growing pollution of Indian rivers. That the court too has sided with the people, and should help in initiating a debate on a crucial issue that has serious implications for the continued health and well-being of most citizens.

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