Results for: pds

Villagers made to pay more for ration

 
/ February 10, 2016

In Noniyabeda hamlet of Mandu block in Jharkhand, BPL card holder are paying INR 40 for 33 KG. Under the PDS, BPL card holders are entitled to 35 KG of rice at 1 INR/KG. When community correspondent Basanti Soren inquired with the Ration Distributor, Mr Manoj Modi, he denied any...

Bihar’s missing ration cards

 
/ October 7, 2015

Rounia, Barari,  Katihar, Bihar | Reena Devi The national food security law provides legal entitlement to subsidised food grains to two-thirds of India’s population. Bihar was hailed for being among the states that  successfully implemented the scheme. However, our ground reports tell us that majority of the beneficiaries still don’t have...

My name is Mukesh Rajak: Personal Profile

 
/ August 13, 2015

My name is Mukesh Rajak. I am 22 years old. I was born in a Dalit family in rural Jharkhand. Growing up as a Dalit meant that I often experienced discrimination. Opportunities were few but I was lucky to land a scholarship that enabled me to complete my studies. I...

Policy Pipe-dreams: Ration Cards not to be found in rural Maharashtra

 
/ April 2, 2015

Valaki village, Maharashtra | Radhika Chincholikar India is home to 190 million of the world’s hungry. A staggering number by any count. To combat this the government has put into place a number of schemes, most importantly the Public Distribution System. Bogged down by corruption and neglect at every level,...

Leaking subsidies; deprived poor

 
/ January 27, 2015

January 27; Ghariyaband, Chattisgarh In India’s hinterland, corruption related to the ration cards is quite common. For the simple reason that it can help obtain subsidised food grains, people try to get their hands on BPL ration cards, even if they aren’t entitled. This leads to deprivation on the part...

Impact: Correspondent Stops Corruption at Fair Price Shop

 
/ January 23, 2015

India is home to 190 million of the world’s hungry. A staggering number by any count. To combat this the government has put into place a number of schemes, most importantly the Public Distribution System. Bogged down by corruption and neglect at every level, the scheme often does not reach...

What does it take to make the government work?

 
/ January 16, 2015

January 16; Darbhanga, Bihar Most often, to get the government machinery working, all that is required is a nudge in right direction. For many in India’s poorest communities factors like caste and class stand in the way of approaching officials and getting things done. It was therefore that nobody in...

SUCCESS: Ration Cards at Fair Price

 
/ November 28, 2014

Earlier this year, VV-PACS Community Correspondent Reena Devi reported on how the residents of Bihar’s Katihar district were being sold ration cards at an unfair price. In this report, she documents how she was able to make an impact by rallying against the administration with the help of community members....