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The continuously rising food subsidy bill calls for fundamental reforms in the current PDS model. Discuss.

Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

3. The continuously rising food subsidy bill calls for fundamental reforms in the current PDS model. Discuss. (250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu

Why the question:

The article from The Hindu presents – “A Case for a Revamped, Need-Based PDS”.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss in detail the need for reforms in the PDS model of the country.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start by highlighting first about the background of the current PDS model.

Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

Key Issues with current PDS model – Food subsidy bill becoming unmanageably large, Rise in the quantity of food grains drawn by States, Neglect of price revision, Variation in retail issue prices, Political compulsions etc.

Suggest what needs to be done – solutions like; revisit NFSA norms and coverage, “Give-up” option, Flat rates should be replaced with a slab system etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.