Do India need to universalized of PDS system for right now ?

Centre has announced 5kg of grain-rice or wheat to 800 million beneficiaries under the PDS system, but large number of population out of NFSA faces difficulties due to lockdown 2.0.
National Food Security act

National Food Security act ,2013 includes a series of programs like Mid-day Meal scheme, Integrated child development scheme, PDS etc. NFSA requires 75% of rural coverage and 50% of urban coverage, but the coverage is based on 2011 census . After 9 years population the population has been incresses but the coverage remain same. As per Jean Dreze's argument the real coverage is around 60%.

Targeted Public Distribution System (TDPS)  delivers rice in 3rs/kg, wheat 2rs/kg and coarse grains 1rs/kg in subsidised price . This price can be revised after 3 years upto MSP(minimum support price) - as per NFSA.

Many renowned economist like Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, Abhijit Banerjee and Raghuram Rajan suggest for universalizsd of PDS upto 5-6 months.


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