Two years ago 58-year-old Kuldeep Kumar Goyal received enough ration from the local fair price shop to feed his family of four. Goyal, a daily wage earner, lives with his wife Rajrani and two sons at Dhanas resettlement colony on the outskirts of Chandigarh. The family received 35 kg of ration (wheat and rice combined) per month under the targeted public distribution system. It was in February 2014 that the UT administration implemented the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA), which provided 5 kg ration –  3 kg wheat and 2 kg rice at ’2 and ’3 per kg respectively – for each family member. This reduced the family’s overall food entitlement by 15 kg. A year later in September the administration replaced the PDS with a cash transfer system to transfer the entitlement. Since then, the couple is finding it difficult to provide a complete meal to their sons. “He [Goyal] hasn’t got work for a few days. We don’t have money to buy wheat flour. The flour container has been empty for a few days,” Rajrani said. The cash provided by the government doesn’t meet the family’s requirement, she said, as her husband took out a ‘yellow’ family ration card, at their one-room apartmen...