Is There a Spatial Equity In The Public Distribution System? Comparison of Spatial-Temporal Pattern of Staple Consumption from the PDS to Staple Production


  • Ruchira Bhattacharya Assistant Professor, National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad
  • Joseph K. Ravi Assistant Professor, Kamala Nehru College, Delhi University, Delhi



Public Distribution System, Spatial-Equity, Staple Grains Consumption, Calorie Consumption.


The paper compares the consumption of staple grains from various sources at the household level to the production of staples to examine whether the PDS is consumed in the regions that show a deficit production of staple grains. It is observed that the PDS has fulfilled the spatial equity requirement for most parts of India, especially in the drought year of 2009. Results show that the PDS is important for non-food producing households and regions that do not produce staple grains. However, there is a scope for spatial equity in the PDS, as there are areas with a low consumption from the PDS despite a low consumption of own production of staple grains. This inequity is visible in the regions that traditionally consumed coarse grains and were discontinued from the PDS. The study notes that the demand for fine staples from the PDS relates to the regional nature of traditionally consumed foodgrains.


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Bhattacharya, R., & Ravi, J. K. (2022). Is There a Spatial Equity In The Public Distribution System? Comparison of Spatial-Temporal Pattern of Staple Consumption from the PDS to Staple Production. Journal of Rural Development, 41(1), 64–86.


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