Chhattisgarh’s Public Distribution System

The Chhattisgarh government and researchers from Yale and LEAD and KREA University collaborated on a food availability survey across 20 districts from April 10th to April 18th, which covered 4,000 gram panchayats. The survey was administered by the Department of Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Protection in Chhattisgarh, and was completed by panchayat-level department secretaries, accountants, and officers.


- PDS and private shops are open: Between April 1-15, 99% of PDS shops and 96% of private shops were open for an average of 6 hours per day. - Social distancing measures are followed in both PDS and private shops: 99% of shops followed at least one standard social distancing practice. The most common practice is placing marks on the ground to keep customers apart. - PDS shops rarely experienced food shortages: 99% of PDS shops provided rice and 92% of PDS shops provided salt. - PDS shops are largely complying with the state’s ration ordinances. Rice is free for 5 out of 6 ration card types (except APL ration cards). Only 1% of PDS shops (40 PDS shops) charge for rice.
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  • Chhattisgarh


  • Research report


  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Social Protection