National Food Security Effects on Public Distribution System

  • P. Periakaruppan Director, Nehru Studies, Centre Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Keywords: food security, food safety, public distribution


The Public Distribution System is the largest food distribution network in the world. It distributes food grains at a ridiculously low cost. In India, the public distribution scheme began as a Universal Program in the mid-1960s in response to food shortages. The International Food Policy Research Institute has classified the status of hunger into five category as low, restrained, grave, alarming and tremendously alarming. India get falls into the category of alarming status. The most important frontage contributing to this development is a non availability of basic requirements of food in India. The food security has lifted up to that is food security is the spinal yard of national wealth and well beings. Public distribution scheme was inefficient, with significant amounts of food not reaching targeted recipients and significant wastage, resulting in increased costs for marginal benefits. Food safety in India was a critical for developing industry standards that will improve the efficacy and efficiency of the public distribution system. The study is effectively analyzed the food security and safety through this study.

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