As the Govt moves closer to adopting Cash Transfer model instead of providing subsidized food grains, there are continuing debates. For example, even questions are being raised which option is better cash transfer or food coupons.
In a survey undertaken by well known economist John Dreze, some major findings have been identified. It has observed that there is a reluctance for Cash Transfer schemes particularly areas with a well-functioning PDS. In most cases, the reasons pertained in one way or another to food security – an overwhelming concern for poor households. For instance, many respondents were worried that money might be misused and further it might lead to food inflation. Also, there are apprehensions that traders might raise prices if the PDS is closed. States like Chattisgarh have strongly opposed the idea of Cash Transfers. They say, it is better to reform PDS.
It is only in Bihar and parts of Uttar Pradesh, where PDS is not working, people showed interest in cash transfers as a possible alternative.
PDS or Cash Transfer!!! The debate is still going on. Anyone would like to share their experiences.