Political Economy of Public Distribution System in India

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  • Author :Bhaskar Majumder
  • Year of Publication :2009
  • ISBN: :9788180696411
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: XX, 188
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Economics, Sociology

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About the Book :

This book examines the extent to which the public distribution system (PDS) in India has succeeded in providing essential commodities to the people living below poverty line. Taking the State of Uttar Pradesh as a case study, the book reviews the functioning of the delivery system beginning from the procurement of food grains by the government till their distribution to the beneficiaries of the PDS, the constraints faced by Fair Price Shops, and the in-built vices of the system line leakage of food grains from godowns, purchase of food grains from open market, subsidy grabbed by the non-poor, and the corruption in the system. The role of Panchayati Raj Institutions in ensuring smooth delivery system for food security of the poor has also been analyzed.

About Author :

Bhaskar Majumder (b 1956) obtained his M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D degrees in Economics from the University of Calcutta. With the credit of teaching experience for many years in various colleges of Calcutta, he is presently working as Professor of Economics in G.B. Pant Social Science Institute. Allahabad. He has contribution of publishing eight books and sixty one research papers besides completing twelve research projects supported by Planning Commission, ICSSAR, World Bank and NTPC etc. He had been a visiting fellow at M.S.H., Paris in 2004 and is visiting faculty at Malaviya Centre For Peace Research, Banaras Hindu University since 2006.