Bill Pritchard is Associate Professor in Human Geography at the University of Sydney. He was Chief Investigator of the Australian Research Council project ‘Institutions for food security: Global insights from rural India’, which funded his research on the PDS in Bihar.
The significance of local power structures in Bihar’s coupon-based PDS
17 Aug 2015
In 2007, Bihar introduced the coupon system in PDS to curb leakages at fair price shops. This column argues that even though the administrative logic of the coupon system is fundamentally sound, such reform can be effective only when accompanied by institutional transformations that broker change in the existing local politics of inclusion and exclusion.
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