Ending the above-poverty line scam
Bringing the bulk of the population under a common system of entitlements is the way to reduce leakages
The reliability of the public distribution system (PDS) has improved greatly in a number of states that have a reputation for endemic corruption. In states such as Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, where leakages were as high as 50-90% in 2004-05, they are now of the order of 10-25%. This pattern, based on National Sample Survey (NSS) data, is corroborated by other sources, including the India Human Development Survey (IHDS) and field studies.