What is the Public Distribution System?
- When the food procured by the FCI is distributed through government regulated ration shops among the poor sections of the society, it is called the Public Distribution System (PDS).
- Ration shops are now present in most localities, villages, towns and cities.
- Ration shops are also known as ‘Fair Price Shops’, which keep stock of food grains, sugar, kerosene oil for cooking.
- Items such as these are sold to people at a price lower than the market price.
- Any family with a ration card can buy a stipulated amount of these items every month from a nearby ration shop, depending on the number of family members.