Never tinker too much with the PDSThe Central Government of India is coming up with a plan to have a common ration card throughout India, for every family. The idea per se is good. However, the idea is the first stage rehearsal for another disaster. PM Modi has already talked about giving just Rs.500 to each family member and this will be credited to the bank account. The family is supposed to buy provisions with this money.
Sadly, this is the worst of propositions. Mr. Modi should respect the State Government's powers to do whatever it takes to keep the people happy. The PDS has been functioning quite well in Tamil Nadu and in Kerala. Mr.Modi and his advisors should understand that a good PDS is the best insurance against hunger and drought. The scheme should not be designed to cut down the PDS or scrap it. Already, deposit rates have been reduced. New jobs are near zero. Only casual and contract jobs are increasing day after day. This is why the housing sector is in the doldrums. Nothing is healthy about the economy. The attention has been diverted to one nation, one election.
It is hoped that the existing PDS will continue. The State Governments should have their own schemes.
[Edited. The member is warned again on needless usage of adjectives when referring to a person.]