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Efficiency of Public Distribution System in Kashmir: A Micro Economic Analysis

Author Affiliations

  • 1 P.G. Department of Economics, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 1, Issue (4), Pages 24-27, December,14 (2012)


PDS is primarily a social welfare and antipoverty programme of the Government of India. Essential commodities like rice, wheat, sugar, kerosene and the like are supplied to the people under the PDS at subsidised prices. The paper is an attempt to study the PDS system in Kashmir-often referred to as the ‘Kashmir Model’ of implementation of the food security programme which subsidizes consumers and obtains grain from farmers at prices higher than market prices. In this paper we focused on the efficiency of the PDS in Kashmir, and found that there is a lot of misappropriation of supplies in the System. There is Fair Price Shops (FPS) within a two km radius for every ration card holder. Kashmir is a region which has a comparative advantage for cash crop production and is dependent on imports mainly for food.


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