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Keralites relied heavily on PDS during lockdown, says study


Keralites relied heavily on the public distribution system to survive the COVID-19-induced lockdown, says a study by the Kochi-based Centre for Socio-Economic and Environmental Studies.

The survey found that 92% of the households with ration cards made purchases from ration shops during the lockdown, and 16% of them said they visited ration shops during the lockdown after a long gap.

Nearly all (98%) of the priority category cardholders (yellow and pink card-holders), 91% of the blue card-holders who get State subsidy, and 85% of the white card-holders, in the non-priority category, made purchases using their ration cards during the lockdown ...


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