An evaluation of Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) in Sundargarh District of Odisha

Panigrahi, S (2014) An evaluation of Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) in Sundargarh District of Odisha. MA thesis.



Public Distribution System (PDS) is often termed as means for ensuring food security for the poor and needy. This research evaluates the current system of PDS in several key areas such as access, efficiency, utilization and impact in the Sundargarh district of Odisha. It also checks the respondents views regarding opting for cash transfer scheme in lieu of food grain subsidy. This study also deals with the process of procurement storage and distribution of commodities in Odisha. The study reveals that the Public Distribution System in Odisha is functioning reasonably well and has significantly improved over the years. Rice holds primary importance when compared with the two other produces, namely, wheat and kerosene; because people here are predominantly consumers of rice and very little wheat. . PDS has succeeded in securing minimum food requirements yet it is often insufficient for large families. Respondents gave positive feedback about the functioning of the Fair Price Shops in terms of timing and opening but were largely dissatisfied with the attitude of the distributors. The respondents seem to be optimistic regarding cash transfer in place of food grain subsidies. However there is large exclusion and illegal inclusion errors in the system. This study also suggests some necessary policy recommendations for making the current system more efficient. There is immense potential in the scheme to emerge as the best food security measure provided issues around corruption, mismanagement and general State apathy is dealt with.

Item Type:Thesis ( MA)
Uncontrolled Keywords:APL;BPL;Food Security;TPDS;Odisha
Subjects:Humanities & Social Sciences > Agriculture Economics
Divisions: Social Sciences > Department of Humanities & Social Sciences
ID Code:5560
Deposited By:Hemanta Biswal
Deposited On:18 Jul 2014 15:05
Last Modified:18 Jul 2014 15:05
Supervisor(s):Sethi, N

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