Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems


The objective of this study is to present a technology-enabled public distribution system (PDS) for a developing economy that faces significant leakages and misplacements. It is in this respect that we explore the quantitative benefits of the integration of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) with Blockchain Technology (BT) in the Indian Targeted Pub- lic Distribution System (TPDS). A mathematical formulation has been proposed to iden- tify the potential benefits of adopting such technologies to minimise the social costs of both human suffering (deprivation cost) and the economic costs associated with it. Sec- ondary data pertaining to the PDS has been analysed to gain insights into the extent of leakages of food grains from the system and the probable benefits of using these technol- ogies in addressing them. The findings of the study reveal that the adoption of the Block- chain-based framework can significantly reduce the overall leakages and eliminate ghost demand from the system. Also, the study recommends the usage of Blockchain technology for information sharing in a secure, scalable, traceable, and transparent environment to address the institutional independence and accountability over the entire TPDS process.