The working of public distribution system in India: (With special reference to Karnataka)
Dr. M Dhanabhakyam, Mangalalatha L Fernandes
Food security stands as a fundamental need, basic to all human needs and the organization of social life. Food security for a country means sufficient quantity of commodities produced, stored and made available especially for the people of under privileged. In spite of taking measures to eradicate poverty in India nearly 800 million people suffer from malnutrition. It is the right of every person to have regular access to sufficient and nutritionally adequate food for an active and healthy life. In spite of taking all the measures to improve the agriculture in India, still we are lagging behind in improving the standard of living in India. PDS in India has been one of the most crucial elements in food policy and food security system in the country. It is the largest distribution network of its kind in the world. Over the years PDS is working for the betterment of people. The present study examines whether PDS is reaching the poor people and also its effectiveness. The study suggests methods to make improvements in PDS.