System of Promoting Appropriate National Dynamism
for Agriculture and Nutrition

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Public Distribution System and Food Security

Publisher: Planning Commission

With a network of more than 400,000 Fair Price Shops (FPS), the Public Distribution System (PDS) in India is perhaps the largest distribution machinery. This chapter analyses the reasons of failure of PDS system in India. As it stood earlier, PDS was criticised on a wide front: its failure to serve the population Below Poverty Line (BPL), for its perceived urban bias, negligible coverage in States with a high density of rural poor and lack of transparent and accountable arrangements for delivery. Given that backdrop, the Government acted to streamline PDS during the Ninth Five Year Plan period and selling to them foodgrains through PDS outlets at specially subsidised prices.

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