Portability in the Public Distribution System

Ganesh, M and Allu, R and Deo, S and Devalkar, S K (2022) Portability in the Public Distribution System. Economic and Political Weekly, 5 (2). pp. 50-57. ISSN 0012-9976

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The public distribution system in India is a major instrument for achieving the goal of “Zero Hunger.” Despite the vast amounts of resources spent, the PDS suffers from several inefficiencies largely attributable to the monopoly of agents involved in the last-mile delivery of grains. To address this issue, several state governments in India have started implementing a novel intervention called portability. This intervention offers beneficiaries the choice of when and where they can avail of their food entitlements while the government controls what and how much. We use detailed and large-scale programme data from Andhra Pradesh to analyse the uptake of portability among the beneficiaries and identify its underlying drivers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Operations Management
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2023 09:49
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2024 06:36
URI: https://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/2025

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