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CM wants to scrap PDS

delhi Updated: Aug 22, 2009 01:09 IST
Chetan Chauhan

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit wants to scrap the public distribution system and instead transfer Rs 1,100 in the account of each beneficiary to end pilferage.

Dikshit said the money will be deposited in the account of women to ensure that it used to buy food. She was confident that even if there was pilferage in the cash transfer, the family would get more ration than under the PDS system.

Planning Commission officials were skeptical that the men of the house will take away the money will spend in on wasteful expenditure. The CM did not agree with them.

Rs 1,100 is enough to buy 30 kg of food grains from the market. She said the government will start a pilot before replicating it in the entire city.