PDS : Solutions – UPSC GS3

The following solutions will help in addressing problems associated with PDS. Replacing Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) with Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of food subsidy. National Food Security Act (NFSA) states that the centre and states should introduce schemes for cash transfers to beneficiaries. Cash transfers seek to increase the choices available with a beneficiary, …

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Direct Transfer in PDS

Context: Food ministry is working on a pilot to emulate the direct cooking gas subsidy transfer scheme model for public distribution system (PDS) of subsidised food grains.   How will it work? The beneficiaries will get the subsidy amount in advance in their bank accounts and they will have to buy the food grains from …

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Shanta Kumar Committee

The recently released Shanta Kumar Committee report on issues related to procurement, storage and distribution of food grains in India is deeply flawed and runs contrary to the aim of achieving the MDGs. Critically analyse. (200 Words) In spite of the reduction of malnourishment to move close towards the MDG goal of eradicating hunger through …

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