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Rice Mafia: diversion of PDS foodgrains

Masiero, Silvia (2012) Rice Mafia: diversion of PDS foodgrains. Blog entry for THINK! (The Innovation Knowledge Foundation) (04 Sep 2012). Website.

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I am in the middle of my third visit to the field, with specific reference to the research project on computerization of the PDS that constitutes the core of my PhD research. As I spend most of my time focusing on PDS recipients, and on the ways in which computerization of anti-poverty schemes mediates their process of image formation on the state, I am sometimes concerned about missing the “big picture”, i.e. the macro-dynamics of the system of foodgrain distribution that I am looking at, and the ways in which these macro-dynamics, superimposed over the functioning of the system as a whole, condition its final outcomes in terms of actual delivery to citizens. This is why, in the (few) moments of break from field-based data collection, I have a go on reflecting on these dynamics, and try to position them in the specific context of Kerala, whose (well-deserved?) reputation as a minimizer of corruption is renowned inside and outside India.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2012 THINK! - The Innovation Knowledge Foundation
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2014 11:47
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 06:51

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