This note is a part of my Zettelkasten. What is below might not be complete or accurate. It is also likely to change often.
18th August, 2020

India's Public Distribution System

The Public Distribution System is a welfare scheme operated by the government of india. It involves the procurement and distribution of foodgrains at subsidized pricing. It operates through fair-price shops throughout the country.


  • Some studies indicate that PDS increases the calorie input of India by 6%
  • 25% of rice and 14% of wheat of india is bought through the PDS
  • Decreases nutrition unequality


  • Targeting is still a problem - only for BPL people with ration card or everyone?
  • Availability of different food grains in different parts varies, esp remote parts
  • Quality of the PDS grains is much lower than the grains available in the market
  • Which grains?
    • Local foodgrains are ignored in the PDS system