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The government today informed Parliament that the process to implement direct transfer of cash subsidy on kerosene sold through public distribution system (PDS) has been initiated in 11 identified states and Union territories.

In written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena said, “The department of food and public distribution proposes to implement direct transfer of food subsidy to the targeted public distribution system beneficiaries in six Union territories (UTs) on a pilot basis.”

The pilot project at Kotkasim, Rajasthan has revealed loopholes, they say

Sampat Rai is a resident of the Kotkasim block of Rajasthan’s Alwar district, where the Cash for Kerosene Scheme (CFKS), an experiment with cash payment of kerosene subsidies, was launched last year on a pilot basis. Mr. Rai is lucky as, unlike other residents of the area, he has a bank account where the kerosene subsidies are supposed to be transferred after he buys kerosene from the market at the market price. But receiving Rs. 90 over the year has increasingly become an expensive affair for the octogenarian as his son has to forego a day’s wage to accompany him to the nearest bank, which is 6 km away from their house.

Despite ensuring ample availability of food, existence of food insecurity at the micro-level in the country has remained a formidable challenge for India.

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