The public distribution system (PDS) ensures the distribution of essential items such as selected cereals, sugar and kerosene at subsidized prices to holders of ration cards – card provided by the govt to citizens for accessing ration at subsidized rate. The PDS helps ensure food security of the people, especially the poor. The PDS is implemented through Fair Price Shops, popularly known as ‘Ration Shops”.
However, corruption is rampant in PDS across Bihar. Recently even the Supreme Ccourt of India has indicted the Food and Civil Supplies Corporation of Bihar, saying "The diversion of foodgrain takes place at every level of the system…the malady of diversion is prevalent in the system on such a large scale that it has become a menace and threat to the system."
But in Chakfatte village people have decided to fight the corruption instead of just observing it silently. And as a community correspondent Varsha felt compelled to be with them by documenting this fight.
While shooting of the video, Varsha was threatened by the distributor with dire consequences. But her determination helped her complete it.
She now expects that the video will garner viewers’ support to the Chakfatte resident’s struggle to weed out the petty corruption in the PDS.
Madhukar Harmkar, a 60 year old daily wage worker from Maharashtra died by suicide after he could not support his family in times of Covid-19 lockdown.
Locals from Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir were forced to scan their fingerprints for ration despite a suspension order from the government.