Patna: A research conducted in nine states of India has revealed that 55 percent poor in Bihar are deprived of their share of foodgrains under the Public Distribution System (PDS).

Andhra Pradesh is found to have implemented the PDS system perfectly as 99 percent poor get their share of grain, 35 kg, per month. The survey revealed that most of the below poverty line (BPL) families are not in favour of the cash subsidy except Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

According to the survey, a large number of the poor were found to be missing on the BPL list in many states.

The survey was carried out by a team of 40 research scholars hailing from eminent institutions like Delhi School of Economics, Allahabad University, IIT Chennai, St Xavier’s College Mumbai, St Stephen’s College Delhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, Singapore University, Hindu College Delhi University, IIT Delhi and Cornell University.

Former member of National Advisory Committee and renowned economist Jean Dreze was also a part of the team.

(JPN/Bureau)