Who owns our identity?

Who owns our identity?

Between Nilekani’s UID and National Population Register’s KYR+is a huge mess and a looming nightmare

Dash for cash

Dash for cash

Government unprepared but goes ahead with direct cash transfer

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The government has a plan to reach welfare to the poor without wasting money. It wants to put hard cash in their hands instead of spending on welfare programmes. To begin with, it wants to end the public distribution system of food grain and give money directly to the people. Its logic: the new system of cash transfer will plug leakages and save an enormous amount of money. But is it that simple? About 40 per cent of the poor are still not officially recognised. Richard Mahapatra finds out how cash transfer works and how ready is India for the shift in the delivery of welfare schemes

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  • Very thoroughly

    Very thoroughly written,painstaking story by the team. Down To Earth is always known for its forthright views on various developmental activities and unbiased reporting. I am one of the admirers of Down to Earth Magazine as well as CSE, more so Madam Sunita Narain.Down To Earth has a Unique place among Environment Journals in India.

    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

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  • Hearty congratulations and

    Hearty congratulations and most sincerest thanks to the team for doing really Down to Earth Story.
    The UPA is the worst government India has ever had but it is destined to bear with the still worse!

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  • I support the government in

    I support the government in all these schemes, as they are increasing transparency and reducing pilferage. But the problem here is the implementation of such an ambitious project on such a large scale. First thing we should understand is that it would take time for such project to be implemented as it requires several departments to be clubbed together and work in coordination with each other. Secondly, as pointed out in the article, there is lack of coordination between different departments, Problems like division of responsibilities must have been done prior to the initiation of the project. Scope of work and responsibility of each department must be defined clearly and they must be given targets in such a way that they are able to complete their share of work in such a way that it doesn't hampers others' work, so that same work is not duplicated.
    Apart from that taking help of volunteers and self help groups as mentioned in the article would be a good idea to make this project a success.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 2 years ago | Reply
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