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exercise of identifying people below the poverty line all over the country is currently underway. The experience of previous round indicates massive problems in both design and implementation of the BPL identification process. The current round is also faced with similar problems. It is compounded by the fact that there are massive reductions in the number of families that are to be categorised as BPL.

Session Five

Public Distribution System – By Suresh Sawant

PDS means distribution of essential commodities to a large number of people through a network of FPS on a recurring basis.

The commodities are:

Wheat

Rice

Sugar

Kerosene

Under the Targeted Public Distribution System, which was launched in

Maharashtra on June 1, households covered by the Public Distribution System (PDS) are divided into two categories: one of families below the poverty line and another of families above the poverty line. A family below the poverty line gets 25 kg of food grain a month at a subsidised rate (fine rice at Rs.3.50 a kg and wheat at Rs.2.50 a kg). A family in the second category gets fine rice at Rs.6.50 a kg, super fine rice at Rs.7.50 and wheat at Rs.4.50. (matter deleted)The others get supplies on a first come, first served basis.

Report: Two-day state level workshop on ‘Right to Food’

17 – 18 September 2005, Nagpur.

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