Govt may scrap PDS

Govt may scrap PDS

Govt may scrap PDS
Prime Minister Narendra on Monday said the government is likely to scrap public distribution scheme (PDS) system and transfer money directly to the accounts of poor beneficiaries after getting encouraging results from Haryana and Puducherry.

Modi stated this during his Monday's informal discussion with BJP MPs from Delhi,  J-K, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh.  According to a press statement issued on the outcome of interaction with parliamentarians, Modi stated that "poor are getting money directly into their accounts after Haryana and Puducherry closed their PDS systems. This model may be implemented in other states as well".

He informed the members that Haryana and Chandigarh have managed to check corruption after they became kerosene free. 

Under the PDS, central public sector undertaking Food Corporation of India (FCI) sells food grains, including wheat, rice and sugar, and kerosene through fair price shops in states and union territories. 

The PM also impressed upon the MPs to ensure the continuance of the "benefit chain"  under the GST and urged small businesses and traders to register under the new tax regime.  The lawmakers gave positive feedback on the GST to Modi and stated that there was a lot of enthusiasm among small commercial ventures regarding the new law.

"GST has been accepted and overwhelmingly supported across the country. Small traders should also register themselves with this new tax law. It should be ensured that the benefit chain of GST be continued," Modi was quoted by an official statement as having told the party MPs.

He also talked about qualitative changes his government's schemes have brought in the lives of people belonging to the hills since MPs from Uttarakhand and MP were present in the sixth such meeting at his residence.
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