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There are many problems related to the scheme. As in reality, at many places, below poverty line and above poverty line never got any grains from government. Non-uniformity of pricing is also one of the problems. There is non-implementation of the sampling policy. Moreover, government orders are not translated in Marathi and are not available at ration shops.

While implementing the scheme, some discretion should also be allowed by the government, for e.g. after floods in Mumbai, every should have been made eligible under the scheme.

While making suggestion on BPL card distribution system, Mr. Sawant suggested that target number system should be abolished and all the deserving people should be given BPL card. There should be special criteria for migrants, homeless. They can be given family identity cards. Further, if identification is at village level, then it will ensure that deserving people get BPL card. Also kerosene of subsidised gas should be provided by the government.

Public Distribution System – Sachin Jain

Public distribution system was started for equalizing food distribution. The perspective behind the system is related to market and its policies. There are 26 crore people below poverty line for whom ration comes from central government. This implies that 41% of the ration for BPL comes from Centre. After 1997, there was change in the ration distribution system.

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

17 – 18 September 2005, Nagpur.

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