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The Public Distribution System (PDS) in India has evolved over the years to become more efficient and targeted. Which policy was introduced in 1992 to provide benefits to remote and backward areas?

  1.  Universal Public Distribution System (UPDS)

  2.  Revamped Public Distribution System (RPDS)

  3. Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS)

  4. Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY)



Answer by Student

The correct answer is (B): Revamped Public Distribution System (RPDS)

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  • Option (A) Universal Public Distribution System (UPDS) - UPDS was the original system of PDS that was launched in 1965 to provide food grains to all consumers without any discrimination. It was not introduced in 1992 and it did not target remote and backward areas specifically. So, this option is incorrect.❌

  • Option (B) Revamped Public Distribution System (RPDS) -  RPDS was introduced in 1992 to improve the efficiency and coverage of PDS. It provided food grains at subsidized prices to remote and backward areas that were identified as poor and vulnerable. It also involved computerization and monitoring of PDS operations. So, this option is correct. ✅

  • Option (C) Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) - TPDS was introduced in 1997 to replace UPDS and RPDS. It aimed to provide food grains to poor and non-poor households at different prices and quantities. It also classified poor households into two categories: Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY). So, this option is incorrect. ❌

  • Option (D) Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) -  AAY was introduced in 2000 as a sub-scheme of TPDS. It provided 35 kg of foodgrains per month at highly subsidized rates to the poorest of the poor households. So, this option is incorrect.

Thus, option (B): Revamped Public Distribution System (RPDS) is correct .

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