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We do need the private distribution channels.
Think if the PDS has to feed everyone the entire system would collapse, there will be black markets and political influencing up.That's why those who can pay go to supermarkets. The Poor go to Ration shops.
The govt should have done this months ago, but statism is so ingrained among our leaders, even the most market friendly ones go back to the rickety state.
The same was true of Covaxin which the company chairman had asked immuno-compromised patients not to take while the Health Minister was busy endorsing the coronil quack from Patanjali. Anything goes with this govt. And when 1 PM takes the mic at 9 PM anything can happen!