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Articles By Public distribution system (PDS)

Need for Local Access Points for Central Administration of Identity Cards

Access to identity cards for availing basic services offered by the government is a process full of impediments. However, such access will not only help in the betterment of the life of citizens but also aid in dealing with unforeseen situations such as a pandemic. A streamlined and more organised form of administration of identity cards is suggested here with examples from across Indian states.

Impact of Public Distribution System on Quality and Diversity of Food Consumption

The public distribution system is criticised for encouraging the poor to satiate their hunger with cheap cereals at the expense of other non-cereal food items, thus indirectly aggravating deficiencies of protein and other nutrients. An in-depth analysis shows that this is not actually so; the consumption of some non-cereal foods increases with the consumption of cereals, indicating a complementary relationship. This becomes possible through the implicit savings the PDS generates for its beneficiaries, due to subsidised cereal prices. Despite this, nutrient deficiency among poorer sections persists, and a comprehensive expansion of the PDS introducing certain non-cereal foods into its ambit can help tackle this issue.