Public Distribution System By SHAILENDRA YADAV PDS In Current Affairs
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The Economic Survey 2016-17 > The Economic Survey Report 2016-17 tabled by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely in Parliament termed improvement in public distribution system (PDS) in Chhattisgarh as an 'important exception >It stated, The deepest puzzle here is the following: while competitive federalism has beena powerful agent of change in relation to attracting investment and talent, it has been less in evidence in relation to essential service delivery" > There have, of course, been important exceptions, such as the improvement of the Public Distribution System (PDS) in Chhattisgarh, the incentivization of agriculture in Madhya Pradesh, reforms in the power sector in Gujarat which improved delivery and cost recovery, the efficiency of social programs in Tamil Nadu, and the recent use of technology to help make Haryana kerosene-free, the report stated
No PDS supplies if you don't link Aadhaarwith ration card by April 3-45 crore Aadhaar cards linked in the past few months; at least another 50 lakh cards yet to be done. >Below poverty line and above poverty line families will not get their monthly ration under from April 1, if they the public distribution system from April i, if they fail to link Aadhaar number with the Food and Civil Supplies Department > The Centre has set June 3o as deadline for linking Aadhaar with ration cards to avail themselves of food items at subsidised prices.. Food and Civil Supplies Minister U.T. Khader told that ration cards that have not been linked with Aadhaar would be considered bogus. However, the department would supply ration in March to families who have not shared their Aadhaar with the department,
Following instructions from Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, the department has decided to supply one litre kerosene per month to all BPL families even if they have LPG gas connections. However, only families residing in rural areas are eligible to obtain this at a cost of Rupee 25 The department has stopped supply of kerosene to families having LPG connections ce the Centre does not re the subsidy amount. Mr. Khader said families not having LPG gas connections continued to get three litres of kerosene per month. In the recent past, a large number of legislators and Congress workers submitted petitions to the Chief Minister stating that families having LPG connections too should be given kerosene since there was delay in supply of LPG cylinders by private companies.
Dark clouds over the PDS In spite of ample warnings, the Central government continues to push for compulsory Aadhaar-based biometric authentication in the PDS Incidentally, this is a violation of Supreme Court orders. The court did allow the use of Aadhaar in the PDS, but not making it compulsory for PDS users. Nor can the government invoke the Aadhaar Act to justify this move: the relevant sections of the Act are yet to be notified.
Drawing up a diet plan The Hindu Context The welfare challenge lies in providing assistance to needy households to ensure adequate diets without creating conditions in which they opt for inferior diets that are too heavy on cereals An apparent disconnect between an improvement in the proportion of households receiving PDS subsidies and corresponding improvement that should be witnessed in malnutrition Source of the data: Statewise data has been taken from Annual Health Survey/District Level Health Surveys of 201214 as well as National Family Health Survey IV of 201516 data: tatewise data Teai Su ida na lealth SurveyDistrit Level Rajasthan: Proportion of households receiving PDS subsidies in Rajasthan increased by about 15 percentage points, underweight declined by 3 percentage points Madhya Pradesh experienced increase in the PDS but a sharper decline underweight (17 percentage points)
Gujarat shows a drop in PDS use but records a modest improvement in underweight statistics (5 percentage points) Solutions Cash transfers: Cash transfers may be one way of dealing with this challenge. They would allow households to invest in better diets without restricting what they consume. Currently they are given rice, and other cereals which limits their choice Mechanisms for effective administration of the UBI are in place, it is possible to make a case for replacing PDS by cash transfers on nutritional grounds > Cash transfers: Cash transfers may be one way of dealing with this challenge. They would allow
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