The PDS played a crucial role in reaching out to the people in distress and crisis due to the COVID-19 induced nationwide lockdown. The NNFSA and PM-GKAY and Atmanirbhar Package have reached more and more people supplying 5 kg of rice or wheat and 1 kg of pulses or chana to the distressed class of the society. The disturbing news which hits the people is that amid the current emergency, some are calling for a massive downsizing the PDS and a shift to cash transfers in place of food grains. The article highlights the issues which may arise due to the move from PDS to cash transfers. It is unethical to have stocks lying in public godowns while people are going hungry.
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