The following four points highlight journey of rationing system in India
(i) The rationing system was introduced in India during British rule at the time of World War II.
(ii) It was revived after independence due to an acute shortage of food grains, prior to the Green Revolution.
(iii) Due to a high incidence of poverty in the mid-1970s, three food intervention programmes were introduced—Public Distribution System (PDS) for food grains, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and Food for Work (FFW).
(iv) At present, several Poverty Alleviation Programmes (PAPs) are in progress, mostly in rural areas, which have an explicit food component also. These include Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY), Annapurna Scheme (APS), National Food for Work Programme (NFWP) and Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS).