Public distribution system reforms and consumption in Chhattisgarh

Prasad Krishnamurthy co-authors article for Economic & Political Weekly, Feb. 22, 2014

One-third of PDS [public distribution system] rice consumption growth in Chhattisgarh took place before 2004…. This finding suggests that the pre-2004 reforms to fair price shop ownership and state procurement by the Ajit Jogi government contributed to PDS consumption growth. Our findings suggest that sustained reforms, when coupled with political and social will, can improve PDS access, and that improvements may not be substantial or sustained in the absence of these factors.