Author(s): R. O. Bhagwat and Dr. D.N.Raut
PDS aims to provide subsidized food grains to the poor through a network of fair price shops. However, PDS has come under severe criticism for its ineffectiveness in reaching the poor and its ineff iciency with reference to cost of distribution. This paper tried to evaluate the performance of PDS. The study selects 23 indicators of performance evaluation based on the studies of PDS literature. The survey technique used to identify the influencing factors through factor analysis. We try to reduce the dimension of complex indicators to few comprehensive main factors and name the main factors. The result of analysis provides a simple and suggests measures which help to improve customer satisfaction and reduction of delivery cost of food grain to customer in order to improve the performance of PDS. Keywords: Public distribution system, targeting error, delivery mechanism, cost, overall performance.