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The MGNREGS and PDS proved to be lifelines as central and state governments were able to mobilise the administrative machinery and expand the welfare net, at relative speed(Shutterstock)

Creating an inclusive welfare architecture

By Yamini Aiyar
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 08:26 PM IST
Cover all of India’s poor; and merge welfare programmes under one umbrella scheme
The police identified that the accused were using fake waybills for illegal transportation of the rice(File Photo (Representative Image))
The police identified that the accused were using fake waybills for illegal transportation of the rice(File Photo (Representative Image))

Andhra Police recovers 100 quintals of PDS rice being transported illegally in Krishna district, five held

Krishna, Andhra Pradesh | By Asian News International | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON OCT 21, 2020 09:15 AM IST
Jaggaiahpet Circle Inspector Chandrasekhar told the media that four persons and a lorry driver have already been taken into custody while more three more accused are yet to be caught.
Under, the new system, the food grains will travel directly from FCI godowns to the ration dealers.(Representational Image)
Under, the new system, the food grains will travel directly from FCI godowns to the ration dealers.(Representational Image)

UP govt to start doorstep delivery of food stock to ration dealers

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Brajendra K Parashar
PUBLISHED ON OCT 05, 2020 11:51 AM IST
The government has identified one block in each district for the implementation of the new scheme after the positive results of a pilot project launched in a few blocks in three districts
The sarpanch had led a protest attended by around 150 people against alleged corruption in distribution of Kerosene oil through the BPL system.(ANIFile Representative)
The sarpanch had led a protest attended by around 150 people against alleged corruption in distribution of Kerosene oil through the BPL system.(ANIFile Representative)

Odisha sarpanch alleges PDS corruption, fined Rs 1 lakh for organising protest

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 11:10 AM IST
The government officer said the sarpanch had not taken prior permission to hold a protest.
In Balaghat district, the administration had sealed 18 rice mills and disconnected power supply to these mills in the past 24 hours. Five more employees of the food and civil supplies department in the district were suspended on Thursday. (Photo @CMMadhyaPradesh)
In Balaghat district, the administration had sealed 18 rice mills and disconnected power supply to these mills in the past 24 hours. Five more employees of the food and civil supplies department in the district were suspended on Thursday. (Photo @CMMadhyaPradesh)

CM Chouhan orders inquiry into sale of grain unfit for humans at govt shop

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Ranjan
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2020 09:52 AM IST
The sub-standard rice was being distributed by millers in collusion with officials in tribal dominated Balaghat and Mandla districts.
Public distribution system has long suffered from ills like black marketing and hoarding.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Public distribution system has long suffered from ills like black marketing and hoarding.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

Jammu police nab two dealers illegally selling PDS ration, more arrests likely

Hindustan Times, Jammu | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
PUBLISHED ON AUG 23, 2020 11:50 PM IST
The police also seized four vehicles used by ration dealers to ferry PDS food grains.
At the meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Tuesday, party leaders are likely to discuss border tensions with China and the Union government’s response to the situation.(PTI PHOTO.)
At the meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Tuesday, party leaders are likely to discuss border tensions with China and the Union government’s response to the situation.(PTI PHOTO.)

Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Modi, urges Centre to extend free food grains for 3 months more

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2020 10:11 PM IST
The Congress chief added that several states had requested for the same and suggested that temporary ration cards be issued for all households that were excluded from the Public Distribution System.
The food secretary said this was part of the Rajasthan government’s larger plan of cleaning the NFSA list. (Image used for representation).(HT PHOTO.)
The food secretary said this was part of the Rajasthan government’s larger plan of cleaning the NFSA list. (Image used for representation).(HT PHOTO.)

In Rajasthan, Rs 55 lakh recovered from govt officials in bid to clean PDS list

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Rakesh Goswami
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2020 08:49 PM IST
The district supply officers (DSOs), who are in charge of PDS in the districts, were asked to check at the backend for duplicate cards and fake units.
Migrant workers and homeless people stand in queue to receive free food during a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease in India.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
Migrant workers and homeless people stand in queue to receive free food during a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease in India.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

Free food grain supply for 8 crore migrants for next 2 months: Nirmala Sitharaman

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2020 08:11 PM IST
This is the second phase of announcements by the Union Finance Ministry elaborating on the Centre’s Rs 20 lakh crore economic stimulus package.
According to a survey, half of over 5,000 households surveyed in rural areas of 12 states have been eating fewer meals during the coronavirus lockdown.
According to a survey, half of over 5,000 households surveyed in rural areas of 12 states have been eating fewer meals during the coronavirus lockdown.

Covid-19 lockdown: 50 percent of surveyed households in rural India eating less

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by: Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2020 02:01 PM IST
The study, ‘Covid-19 induced Lockdown-How is Hinterland Coping’, was conducted in 47 districts.
The court directed the government to immediately post grievance helpline numbers on their official website.(Pradeep gaur/mint)
The court directed the government to immediately post grievance helpline numbers on their official website.(Pradeep gaur/mint)

HC directs Delhi govt to file detailed report on supply of rations through PDS

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Richa Banka, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2020 12:08 PM IST
The court also said that the government shall ensure that all ration shops remain operational and disburse food grains, in accordance with the policy formulated by the Centre and state government.
Enrolment for manual work under the MGNREGS, which provides at least 100 days of employment a year to at least one member of every rural household, has risen 10-fold in Rajasthan and Maharashtra(HT File Photo)
Enrolment for manual work under the MGNREGS, which provides at least 100 days of employment a year to at least one member of every rural household, has risen 10-fold in Rajasthan and Maharashtra(HT File Photo)

Spike in demand for NREGS jobs, PDS ration hints at rural distress

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 02:24 AM IST
In the absence of any real-time data, the MGNREGS and the PDS act as pointers to the state of the rural economy and the living conditions of the marginalised sections.
Public standing in line for Free Ration at Nahar Road,Malad during lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic.(Hindustan Times)
Public standing in line for Free Ration at Nahar Road,Malad during lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic.(Hindustan Times)

Calls for free ration grow as migrants fight hunger

By Zia Haq, Smriti Kak Ramachandran and Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2020 03:51 AM IST
The Union government has allowed charities and states to buy extra stocks of federally held foodgrains at a reserve but cheaper-than-market price as several migrant workers battle a food crisis.
Around 2.64 crore people from 57 lakh households are covered under NFSA in Jharkhand.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Around 2.64 crore people from 57 lakh households are covered under NFSA in Jharkhand.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

PDS beneficiaries struggle in coronavirus lockdown, many deprive of ration

Ranchi, Hindustan Times | By Sanjoy Dey, Ranchi
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2020 11:17 AM IST
The PDS dealers blamed the poor-supply system for the delay, while the food, public distribution and consumer affairs department alleged non-cooperation from some PDS dealers in proper distribution of ration.
Inter-state portability, whereby a migrant draws subsidised food in a state other than his own, is being tried on select “clusters” of 12 “contiguous” states.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Inter-state portability, whereby a migrant draws subsidised food in a state other than his own, is being tried on select “clusters” of 12 “contiguous” states.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

E-PDS could have helped migrants, but scheme still lacks the scale

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2020 07:50 PM IST
A digitised, portable public distribution system (PDS) was to be a boon for beneficiaries of the National Food Security Act who lose out on their monthly quota of subsidised food when they migrate.
India needs uniform outcomes, not uniform measures. Command and control won’t work. Be flexible, work with states(Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
India needs uniform outcomes, not uniform measures. Command and control won’t work. Be flexible, work with states(Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Covid-19: An emergency economic manifesto

By Yamini Aiyar and Mekhala Krishnamurthy
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2020 08:07 PM IST
To prevent distress, the State must manage the movement of people, food, money, schemes
While technology can help reduce leakage, the extent to which this helps the poor depends on programme design(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)
While technology can help reduce leakage, the extent to which this helps the poor depends on programme design(Arun Sharma/HT PHOTO)

Evaluating the Aadhaar-PDS link

By Karthik Muralidharan, Paul Niehaus, and Sandip Sukhtankar
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2020 11:35 PM IST
Both its supporters and critics have valid points: Leakage did go down, but exclusion also went up
Food subsidies are the biggest expenditure item in the budget after interest payments and defence.(AP)
Food subsidies are the biggest expenditure item in the budget after interest payments and defence.(AP)

Inclusion of vegetables in PDS may check food inflation woes

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2020 09:13 AM IST
More than 40% of India’s workforce is still employed in agriculture, according to data from the 2017-18 Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) conducted by the National Statistical Office (NSO).
HT Image
HT Image

State weeds out 2.81 lakh ‘ghost’ ration cards

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Navneet Sharma, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2019 11:21 PM IST
Since the introduction of biometric-based authentication, 10.55 lakh beneficiaries have not availed their wheat quota in the last one-and-a-half year v
Our findings suggest that there are some important patterns emerging in the electoral politics of welfare which are likely to shape policy design and implementation in the future(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Our findings suggest that there are some important patterns emerging in the electoral politics of welfare which are likely to shape policy design and implementation in the future(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

Do government’s welfare schemes influence the patterns of voting?

By Louise Tillin
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2019 08:13 PM IST
They partly do. But for an improved outcome, it needs a Centre-state credit-sharing mechanism
In last 12 months, 3 million people in Rajasthan haven’t turn up to claim ration from Fair Price Shops for two months in a row.(HT file photo)
In last 12 months, 3 million people in Rajasthan haven’t turn up to claim ration from Fair Price Shops for two months in a row.(HT file photo)

Where are the PDS beneficiaries? Rajasthan government is looking for answers

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Rakesh Goswami
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2019 09:55 AM IST
In last 12 months, 3 million people in Rajasthan haven’t turn up to claim ration from Fair Price Shops for two months in a row
Since the state has fewer beneficiaries, the stock released by the Centre is not fully utilised.(HT Photo)
Since the state has fewer beneficiaries, the stock released by the Centre is not fully utilised.(HT Photo)

8% grain stock unused after linking ration card with Aadhaar in Maharashtra

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Surendra P Gangan
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 04:34 AM IST
Release of food grains after verification through e-point of selling machines (e-POS) has also helped prevent wrongful sales.
Migration is fuelled by many factors: economic, climate change, civil strife, caste discrimination, and sometimes a combination of aspirations and desperation. Lack of portability of PDS rights mean that these people depend either on their employers or labour contractors for food provisions or purchase expensive food in the open market(AP)
Migration is fuelled by many factors: economic, climate change, civil strife, caste discrimination, and sometimes a combination of aspirations and desperation. Lack of portability of PDS rights mean that these people depend either on their employers or labour contractors for food provisions or purchase expensive food in the open market(AP)

Creating a new welfare paradigm for migrants

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 14, 2019 08:54 PM IST
PDS portability will help them, but education, health, voting must follow
The proposal on door-delivery of essential commodities was mooted by chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy during the first cabinet meeting of the new government on June 10. He felt that the entire system of fair price shops was riddled with corruption, as the essential commodities were not reaching consumers.(HT FILE PHOTO)
The proposal on door-delivery of essential commodities was mooted by chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy during the first cabinet meeting of the new government on June 10. He felt that the entire system of fair price shops was riddled with corruption, as the essential commodities were not reaching consumers.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Andhra govt to revamp PDS, may phase out fair price shops across state

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2019 04:45 PM IST
In a first-of-its-kind mechanism in the country, the Andhra Pradesh government is contemplating revamping the public distribution system by introducing supply of essential commodities directly to the doorsteps of the consumers as and when they order.
The government will see this budget as a continuation of its past five years in power. At the same time, the magnitude of the mandate to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies may encourage the government to go for bold decisions.(Pradeep Gaur / Mint)
The government will see this budget as a continuation of its past five years in power. At the same time, the magnitude of the mandate to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies may encourage the government to go for bold decisions.(Pradeep Gaur / Mint)

Six pointers from BJP’s poll manifesto that could find way into budget

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2019 09:28 AM IST
The budget comes months before the states of Maharashtra and Jharkhand go to polls and as the prospect of a drought looms large in many parts of the country. One useful source for what to expect in this year’s budget is the BJP manifesto for the 2019 elections.
According to activist Mithilesh Kumar, Munda’s family members said they had not eaten for days. Image used for representational purpose only.(HT photo)
According to activist Mithilesh Kumar, Munda’s family members said they had not eaten for days. Image used for representational purpose only.(HT photo)

Activists say 65-yr-old died due to starvation

Hindustan Times, Latehar | By Vishal Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JUN 08, 2019 12:03 AM IST
Officials ruled out hunger as the cause of Ramcharan Munda’s death and said he died of heat stroke.
Two shops were allegedly supplying flour instead of wheat.(HT Photo)
Two shops were allegedly supplying flour instead of wheat.(HT Photo)

Ration shops shut during working hrs to face govt action

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUN 07, 2019 04:43 AM IST
On Thursday, Hussain was on a surprise inspection drive and had ordered an inquiry against three fair price shops for alleged irregularities.
The e-PoS ration distribution system in Delhi, which was suspended last year in the light of alleged leakages and reports of exclusion of beneficiaries, is unlikely to resume any time soon, Delhi food and civil supplies minister Imran Hussain said on Friday.(AFP)
The e-PoS ration distribution system in Delhi, which was suspended last year in the light of alleged leakages and reports of exclusion of beneficiaries, is unlikely to resume any time soon, Delhi food and civil supplies minister Imran Hussain said on Friday.(AFP)

Aadhaar-based PDS not likely to resume anytime soon, says Imran Hussain

New Delhi | By Abhishek Dey
PUBLISHED ON JUN 01, 2019 04:16 AM IST
Electronic point of sale (e-PoS) is an Aadhaar-linked biometric-based authentication system for the efficient distribution of ration under the public distribution system.
A PDS shop in Ranchi , Jharkhand.(HT File)
A PDS shop in Ranchi , Jharkhand.(HT File)

Is India ready for choice-based PDS?

By Harold Alderman, Shrayana Bhattacharya, Ugo Gentilini, and Raghav Puri
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2019 05:50 PM IST
Introducing choice in the PDS bets too much on technology, and can’t side-step the need for procurement reform.
Two senior IPS officers booked in Chhattisgarh PDS scam. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Two senior IPS officers booked in Chhattisgarh PDS scam. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Two senior IPS officers booked in Chhattisgarh PDS scam

Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2019 11:09 PM IST
The alleged irregularities in the PDS took place during the previous Bharatiya Janata Party government led by Raman Singh and the investigation of the case was handed over to the anti-corruption branch (ACB) of the Chhattisgarh police headed by Gupta.
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