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Give food stamps to poor instead of subsidised food: FICCI
Published on 23 May. 2010 11:03 PM IST
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The government should issue food stamps directly to families living below poverty line (BPL), instead of subsidised food, to ensure food security of the poor, an industry lobby said in a report.
The Federation of India Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) said the current system of providing subsidised food items through the public distribution system (PDS) should be dismantled as it was plagued by leakages at different levels.
The report said the issuance of food stamps should be coupled with “compulsory participation of adult members of BPL families in social sector schemes”.
Such a condition would provide the incentive for BPL adult members to participate in developmental work and at the same time protect them and their families from rising food prices, the report added.
Food stamps are pieces of secure paper, issued for the purchase of a fairly wide range of specified foods. Consumers are usually free to use food stamps to buy any quantity of foods they wish at market prices from any store that is convenient to them.

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