International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development


International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
Vol. 4, Issue 7 (2017)

Public distribution system in India


Elayaraja K, Dr. T. R. Manjunath

India’s Public Distribution System (PDS) is the largest distribution network of its kind in the world. PDS was introduced around World War II as a War- time rationing measure. The paper focuses on an overview of Public Distribution System in India, which studies the evolution of targeted Public distribution system in India. The Public Distribution System is one of the largest food subsidy programmes in India, and perhaps in the world. It reaches out to nearly 10.5 crore households in the country and provides subsidized foodgrains through a network of Fair Price Shops (FPS). But, this PDS is criticized on a wide front for its failure to serve the population to BPL, for its perceived urban bias, hence, the government of India has launched the targeted public distribution system (TPDS) in 1997, with focus on poor, and it plays an important role in India providing foodgrains to below the poverty-line families (BPL) through the Fair Price Shops at affordable prices. There are about 5.27 lakh Fair Price Shops (FPS) across India. And it was the targeted PDS which is an important instrument of policy aimed at reducing poverty through the recent years for the effective working of computerized mechanism by delivering minimum requirements of foodgrains (ex: wheat and rice Coarse grains) at highly subsidized prices to the population of below the poverty line.
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Elayaraja K, Dr. T. R. Manjunath. Public distribution system in India. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 4, Issue 7, 2017, Pages 262-266
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development