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"But because the public distribution system (PDS) is undermined by bureaucracy and corruption, 60m tonnes of grain is lying in warehouses or under plastic sheeting, and, according to the Hindustan Times, 11m tonnes of it has been destroyed by the monsoons.- The Guardian" comment

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Asked by Josna, 10 Oct '11 08:24 pm
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The news about tons and tons food grains meant for public distribution in Kerala being spoiled by the absence of proper storing facilities during the monsoon season and the gross wastage due to infection and infestation was vividly shown by all channels months back. It's possible in other states. What a criminal negligence to allow food crop to be wasted at the distribution stage where 50% population of India are underfed due to poverty. The Government of India and State governments need a more favourable conscience towards the needy and a will to act. The supreme court has to file a compliant and levy compensation from the persons responsible. Nothing will happen. Our politicians have only time for lip service and self service. What a shame!!!
Answered by Arakuzha Ramachandran, 11 Oct '11 07:38 am

 
  
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Yeah , its better
Answered by klm, 11 Oct '11 06:33 am

 
  
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It is insensitivity of our govt.neither govt nor bureaucrats are interested in people who are dying with hunger.even sc expressed her concern and suggested that instead of spoiling grains it should be distributedfree to poors but no effect on gobvt neither guility are punished
Answered by Ramesh Agarwal, 10 Oct '11 10:03 pm

 
  
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The PDS is inevitably tied to Songun policy. U might want to read up on it, and no- google ain't gonna help u this time 'round! I recommend reading the textbook "Leader and his peasants" - it's a book on how Korea DPR Managed to get the PDS equation right. The book talks about Korea DPR in 1982. During this time, when USSR was alive and kicking and when the country wasn't hit by sanctions., North Korea had an economy 3 times as large as South Korea! And the book is rich w/ stats and methodologies on how they did it.

DEspite losing its major trading partner (USSR) and despite being CRIPPLED to the CORE by sanctions, the PDS in KOrea DPR is top notch. ENough to give the country an HDI score of .77 which is comparable to Saudi ARabia! Not in GDP terms but in pure MPI and HDI indices. U can get the .77 figure in HDI using the global HDI wikipedia, which is annotated to UNDP official web site.

If u use civilian machinery to run a PDS, u r asking for suicide. PDS is run by interconn ...more
Answered by A Moin, 10 Oct '11 08:59 pm

 
  
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The remaining are eaten up by rodents ultimately not even a single grain reaching the under-privileged lots...!
Answered by Dil Se, 10 Oct '11 08:42 pm

 
  
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This happens year after year. Thousands of tons of grain is collected as levy from the farmers and is stored in the warehouse. Many of them do not have even proper roof. Some have the roof but they leak. Once they become damp, the grains are of no use. But they can not be removed from the stock ledger unless an issue is made.

Hence, I feel that most of the stock shown under FCI warehouse is either non-usable or non-existent
Answered by Shashi LS, 10 Oct '11 08:26 pm

 
  
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