Title: Indian public distribution system in a supply chain perspective: a critical review and the way forward

Authors: Ajay Bohtan; K. Mathiyazhagan; Prem Vrat

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, The NorthCap University, Gurugram – 122017, Haryana, India ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, The NorthCap University, Gurugram – 122017, Haryana, India ' School of Management, The NorthCap University, Gurugram, Haryana, India

Abstract: In this paper, the working of a public distribution system (PDS) towards distribution of foodgrains with a supply chain perspective has been investigated. This literature review has been undertaken to examine the published literature available on PDS followed the world over, with a specific focus on India. The paper analyses the PDS stakeholders and its components for deficiencies and addresses the solutions for its improvement given in the available literature. The various dimensions of the PDS studied, reveals numerous gaps between the deficiencies identified in the current system and measures to overcome the same. A future research agenda towards increasing the efficiency and efficacy of the PDS supply chain management has also been brought out by this paper.

Keywords: foodgrains; public distribution system; supply chain management; literature review.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSOM.2020.105376

International Journal of Services and Operations Management, 2020 Vol.35 No.3, pp.359 - 397

Received: 31 May 2017
Accepted: 09 Jan 2018

Published online: 19 Feb 2020 *

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