Thursday, September 15, 2011

22 September 2011: Performance of the PDS: Evidence from Secondary Data and the Field

Reetika Khera
Indian Institute of Technology

Looking beyond national averages at state level indicators, one finds that the PDS is witnessing a revival in several states. Based on secondary data from the NSS, it looks at rates of "diversion" of grain from the PDS over the 1999-2000 to 2009-10 period. Given the large variations in state-level performance on key parameters such as entitlements, diversion rates, quality of grain, accessibility and so on, one finds that it is misleading to talk about the PDS in terms of national averages. The results of a nine-state field study of the PDS undertaken in June 2011 further substantiate the revival of the PDS in several states. Some explanations for why the PDS functions in some states and is languishing in others are offered. I will also report on respondents views on cash transfers as an alternative to the PDS, and why they preferred one or the other.

Date: September 22, 2011
Time: 03:00 P.M.

AMEX Conference Room (Second Floor),
Department of Economics,
Delhi School of Economics,
New Delhi-110007(INDIA)


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