'Aadhaar tied to just 2% of PDS exclusion'

NEW DELHI: The problem of exclusion in public distribution system due to Aadhar related factors was found to be of a smaller proportion as compared to other non-UID factors even as the system is gaining acceptance, a report by an international analytics consultant has found.
A study of two states found that the overall monthly exclusion from PDS in Rajasthan is 9.9%, whereas it is much less at 1.1% in Andhra Pradesh. Of this, Aadhaar-related factors contribute 2.2% and 0.8% in respective states, said a survey conducted by by IDinsight, a global development analytics firm.

The report also found that state capacity has a significant bearing on functioning of PDS, with wide variation between Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. At the same time, a majority of food ration (PDS) recipients prefer Aadhaar-based PDS delivery in both states, as they perceive biometric authentication prevents fraud, the report said.

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