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Distributing livestock products through PDS is impractical

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The proposal to subsidise protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, chicken and eggs for supply through the public distribution system (PDS) being considered by the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, seems outright utopian. No doubt, the need to promote the intake of protein-rich food cannot be disputed as four out of every 10 children in India are undernourished.

But disbursal of highly perishable stuff through the vast PDS network for this purpose seems imprudent. These food items require constant refrigeration, which cannot be ensured in over 500,000 ration shops, ...

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First Published: Thu, December 26 2019. 00:13 IST
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