MASIERO, S., 2015. Will the JAM trinity dismantle the PDS? Economic and Political Weekly, 50 (45), pp. 21-23.
The platform known as the JAM Trinity (an acronym for Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar and mobile numbers) may enable a shift from the current Public Distribution System, based on price subsidies, to the direct transfer of benefi ts. However, it is incorrect to argue that JAM technologies will necessarily lead to the demise of the PDS. State-level experiences of computerisation, recounted here, reveal that the same technologies can actually be tailored to improve the PDS, by contributing to reduce the problem of leakage that affects it.
This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Economic and Political Weekly and the definitive published version is available at http://www.epw.in/journal/2015/45/commentary/will-jam-trinity-dismantle-pds.html.