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Does computerisation reduce PDS leakage?: Lessons from Karnataka

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posted on 26.09.2016 by Silvia Masiero, Amit Prakash
The idea that end-to-end computerisation can reduce public distribution system leakage has been theorised, but not yet examined in practice. This note tries to fill the gap by conducting a case study of the information technology system for PDS in Karnataka, which includes bac k-end software as well as a front-end interface. It reveals three drawbacks: machines can be tampered, there is limited monitoring of the early stages of the supply chain, and policy shifts cannot be achieved by technology alone. It concludes by drawing lessons for other states computerising their PDS.

Funding

The research presented here has been funded by the International Institute for Information Technology (IIIT) Bangalore, and by the Bagri fellowship awarded by the LSE Asia Research Centre.

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  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Economic and Political Weekly

Volume

50

Issue

50

Pages

77 - 81

Citation

MASIERO, S. and PRAKASH, A., 2015. Does computerisation reduce PDS leakage?: Lessons from Karnataka. Economic and Political Weekly, 50 (50), pp. 77-81

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© the authors. Published by Economic and Political Weekly

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2015

ISSN

0012-9976

Language

en

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