Last updated: 14/5/2024

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Institutions and agencies involved
India - Government Profile
References
(i) Department of Food and Public Distribution website. n.d. . Accessed 23 July 2018. (ii) WFP. 2014. Targeted Public Distribution System: Best Practice Solution. Rome: World Food Programme. . Accessed 11 May 2018.
Population group
Poor households

Programme Details

Previous programme name (if any)
Public Distribution System (PDS) and Revamped Public Distribution System (RPDS)

Targeting and eligiblity

Target groups
Until 2013, the TPDS would award subsidies to those below poverty line (BPL). From 2013 onwards, however, the programme expanded beyond the BPL population. Although BPL status no longer directly defines those eligible for the TPDS benefit, it is still a reference point for states to define priority groups.
Eligibility criteria
Until 2013, the TPDS would award subsidies to those below poverty line (BPL). From 2013 onwards, however, the programme expanded beyond the BPL population. Priorrity Card Holders include BPL but are not limited to them, especially since states have some flexibility to define priority groups.

Coverage and other information

Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
Evaluation studies are conducted by the Department to understand the impact of the programme on target beneficiaries and to correct any issues in programme implementation.