This still doesn't mean that the direct cash transfer scheme should not be raised. The PDS as we know it have been a den of corruption and very inefficient as well. There are reports that recently with computerisation and RTI based social audits the PDS schemes have become more efficient but cash transfers is a scheme that can still be implemented for many other items in the long term other than just Food. It could apply to things like Petrol, Diesel e.t.c. all of which are currently subsidized by the Central govt. This way the market can dictate the prices and the poor get the cash difference based on surveys done on this account.
There are many other NAC proposals that have been modified and even shot down so if there is demand and debate on the this scheme, its possible to change the outlook here as well. The opposition should pick up this line of thought and talk about it. But it could be possible that they see PDS as a more viable form of where corruption can survive and not talk about PDS reform either.