Casting the Net: India's Public Distribution System after the Food Security Act

36 Pages Posted: 24 May 2018

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Jean Drèze

University of Delhi - Delhi School of Economics

Prankur Gupta

Cornell University, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Students

Reetika Khera

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi; Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

Isabel Pimenta

European Union - Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development

Date Written: May 13, 2018

Abstract

This paper presents a broad-brush assessment of the public distribution system in six of India’s poorest states soon after the National Food Security Act came into force. Important gains have been made, including broader coverage, lower targeting errors, accelerated PDS reforms, and greater political commitment to food security. In four of the six reference states, the PDS seems to be doing reasonably well, but the last two (Bihar and Jharkhand) still have a long way to go. Even in the leading states, much remains to be done to achieve the purpose of the Act – ending food insecurity.

Suggested Citation

Drèze, Jean and Gupta, Prankur and Khera, Reetika and Pimenta, Isabel, Casting the Net: India's Public Distribution System after the Food Security Act (May 13, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3177691 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3177691

Jean Drèze

University of Delhi - Delhi School of Economics ( email )

G.T. Road,
Shahdara
Delhi-110007, Delhi 110032
India

Prankur Gupta

Cornell University, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Students ( email )

Ithaca, NY
United States

Reetika Khera (Contact Author)

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi ( email )

Hauz Khas
New Delhi, 110016
India

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad ( email )

Vastrapur
Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380 015
India

Isabel Pimenta

European Union - Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development ( email )

Brussels
Belgium

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