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Episode 846 April 29, 2020

Can India prevent millions from going hungry during the COVID -19 lockdown?

Among the many problems that the ongoing nationwide lockdown has highlighted are the problems of India’s Public Distribution System (PDS). In this episode, we will take a deep dive into the glaring gaps that exist within this system – from why thousands are not able to use their ration cards and those that the system leaves out altogether to problems within the fair price shops and the changes that the system requires.

First, Parthasarthi Biswas, who reports on agriculture, talks about the importance of PDS, the problems within it and how the Pune Zila Parishad has found a unique way to overcome them. Next, Abhishek Angad, who reports on Jharkhand, talks about the corruption within fair price shops, the problem of private dealers and why states like Odisha and Chhattisgarh offer a better model. And last, Harish Damodaran, Indian Express’s Rural Affairs Editor, talks about the possible way forward for the system.

Clarification: The migrants in Mumbai that Parthasarthi mentions are seasonal migrants, i.e., at any given point of time the city sees approximately 5 lakh migrant workers.


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Can India prevent millions from going hungry during the COVID -19 lockdown?Among the many problems that the ongoing nationwide lockdown has highlighted are the problems of India's Public Distribution System (PDS). In this episode, we will take a deep dive into the glaring gaps that exist within this system - from why thousands are not able to use their ration cards and those that the system leaves out altogether to problems within the fair price shops and the changes that the system requires. First, Parthasarthi Biswas, who reports on agriculture, talks about the importance of PDS, the problems within it and how the Pune Zila Parishad has found a unique way to overcome them. Next, Abhishek Angad, who reports on Jharkhand, talks about the corruption within fair price shops, the problem of private dealers and why states like Odisha and Chhattisgarh offer a better model. And last, Harish Damodaran, Indian Express's Rural Affairs Editor, talks about the possible way forward for the system. Clarification: The migrants in Mumbai that Parthasarthi mentions are seasonal migrants, i.e., at any given point of time the city sees approximately 5 lakh migrant workers. You can follow us and leave us feedback on Facebook and Twitter @expresspodcasts, or send us an email at podcasts@indianexpress.com. If you like this show, please subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts, so other people can find us. You can also find us on https://www.indianexpress.com/audio.
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