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Evaluation Study on Role of Public Distribution System in Shaping Household and Nutritional Security India

Publisher: Niti Aayog

This study examines the reasons for the disjunction between economic advancement and nutritional improvement in India by analysing the role and performance of the Public Distribution System (PDS) in determining food consumption patterns and nutritional outcomes over a period of time. The PDS, conceptualised as one of the largest safety net programmes in the country, was envisaged as a means of dealing with nutritional deficiency by supplying rice, wheat, sugar and kerosene at highly subsidised prices to the poor. It was launched as a universal programme in the context of food shortages during the early years after Independence. However, since it was widely criticised for its urban bias, it was subsequently streamlined through the launch of the Targeted PDS (TPDS) in June 1997, which aimed at providing very poor families access to foodgrains at reasonably low costs to help them improve their nutrition standards and attain food security. The National Food Security Act also focuses on providing food security via expansion of the PDS.

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