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Weakening Welfare: The Public Distribution of Food in India

Madhura Swaminathan (Author)
Synopsis This book is a powerful argument for expanding and strengthening the public distribution system in a country where hunger, poverty and malnutrition are as endemic as in India. The reigning orthodoxy of structural adjustment, however, preaches exactly the opposite. 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 favor of making PDS universal. There is little doubt that PDS, as it functions today, has failed by and large to provide nutritional support to the people and required 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 handy afro the expert as for the interested.
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Title Weakening Welfare: The Public Distribution of Food in India
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher LeftWord Books
Language: English
isbn 8187496088
length vii+144p.