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PDS needs reform: Balasubramaniam

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‘Centre should take the matter seriously'

R. Balasubramaniam
R. Balasubramaniam

The proposed Food Security Bill will provide more scope for corruption and irregularities if it is introduced without reforming the Public Distribution System (PDS) in all States, said R. Balasubramaniam, founder, Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement.

Participating in a meet-the-press programme at the Dharwad Media Club here on Tuesday, Mr. Balasubramaniam, who has conducted inquiries into irregularities and corruption in the PDS on behalf of the Karnataka Lokayukta, said there was a 60 per cent leakage of funds meant for foodgrains under the PDS in the State.

If the Food Security Bill was introduced without reforming the PDS, it would pave the way for more corruption as more money would start flowing in for the purpose. Hence, the Centre should take the matter seriously and initiate steps to reform the PDS system in all States, he said.

Mr. Balasubramaniam challenged the Government, saying that the PDS in the State could be reformed within three months if his report was considered seriously and the corrective measures suggested were implemented in letter and spirit. He said the State Government had not yet given serious thought to his report, but the Centre had, and the National Advisory Council had invited him for talks.

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