Topic: Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security
4) Critically comment on the functioning of the existing TPDS mechanism and the role played by the centre and states. Also discuss challenges in the effective implementation of TPDS and alternatives to reform the existing machinery. (250 Words)
Why this question?
Food security will always be an issue of importance. Understanding TPDS as a whole is very important. Document attached with the question has very important information in this regard.
Key demand of the question:
You should comment on the functioning of TPDS and role of centre and states in it. Also write about challenges of TPDS and measures to strengthen it. It’s straightforward question.
Comment and Discuss: In the first part there should be two sub-parts (functioning + role of states and centre) and make sure you don’t merely produce facts. You should comment on them (for example, comment in one line on procurement, storage, allocation and distribution aspects of TPDS).
In the second part (2 sub-parts), Discuss about challenges and measures (reproduce concisely from the reference document)
Structure of Answer:
In the intro, highlight the importance of TPDS for food security. You may quote any hunger report to add current affairs dimension.
In the body, there should be FOUR sub-parts within TWO main parts (as discussed above). Write everything in points-format. Don’t ignore stats and facts.
In the conclusion, write about importance of role and responsibility of centre and state in strengthening TPDS. Also quote economic survey (past or present). The issue as a whole should be addressed in 1-2 lines. Don’t just focus on one aspect.