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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Move in the right direction

The government is planning to test a food coupon system to solve the mess created by the PDS in a country which has excess foodgrains as well as millions starving.

This seems like a move in the right direction. It creates competition, cuts out the middleman, and is likely to be a lot better than the prevailing joke that is PDS. But I don't see the point behind these coupons being used only in "designated" stores. Why not all stores? This "designation" process can lead to more corruption, and limit the competition available.

The government should implement the coupon system such that the coupons can be encashed by anyone.