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Indian States Using Technology To Improve Public Distribution Systems For Food Delivery

“After approving the food security bill, India’s challenge is to get all that heavily subsidized food grain to the 800 million or so people eligible to the program,” the Wall Street Journal’s “India Real Time” blog reports. “The bill expands an existing program that uses a five-decade-old public distribution system to deliver food subsidies to the poor and hungry. Experts say the system is highly inefficient, with more than half the food siphoned off and sold in the open market for higher prices,” according to the blog, which examines in depth how “[s]tates like Chhattisgarh and Orissa … are using technology to clean up their delivery systems and ensure that food reaches the right people” (Patel, 9/23).