Weakening Welfare: The Public Distribution of Food in India

by Madhura Swaminathan

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Weakening Welfare is a powerful argument for expanding and strengthening the public distribution system (PDS) in a country where hunger, poverty and malnutrition are as endemic as in India. The reigning orthodoxy of structural adjustment preaches that the public distribution system (PDS) be dismantl.....more


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Weakening Welfare is a powerful argument for expanding and strengthening the public distribution system (PDS) in a country where hunger, poverty and malnutrition are as endemic as in India. The reigning orthodoxy of structural adjustment preaches that the public distribution system (PDS) be dismantled. This book is a sharp indictment of food policies of the liberalization era. It demonstrates how these policies will worsen food and nutrition security among the vast majority of the Indian people. Looking at the effects of targeting of food subsidies on other countries, it marshals arguments in favour of making PDS universal.

There is little doubt that PDS, as it functions today, has falled by and large to provide nutritional support to the people and requires genuine reform. The exception is Kerala, the only state in India where PDS has been near universal.This book discusses alternative proposals for making PDS an effective measure of food security.

Written in a lucid, non-technical style, the book presents a wealth of recent data that will be as handy for the expert as for the interested layperson.

About the author:

MADHURA SWAMINATHAN, presently at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata was Associate Professor at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai when this book was written. She has worked extensively on issues of poverty, inequality and the standard of living. She has held visiting positions at the London School of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas (Mexico City), and taught at the University of Oxford, the University of Helsinki and the Helsinki School of Economics.

Other details:

ISBN 8187496096
Category Politics and Current Affairs
Language English
Edition First
Published in 2000
Publisher Leftword
Condition New Slightly Worn
Pages 152
Width 5.5 inches
Height 8.5 inches
Tags Food Policies , India , Food Security

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