The writer, a former member of the UPA’s National Advisory Council, is visiting professor at the department of economics, Ranchi University
It is bad enough that we depend on just two suppliers. What is baffling is that the government has now allowed them to set their own prices.
Temporary denial of food rations is one thing, cancellation of ration cards is far more serious. How many cards have been cancelled for lack of Aadhaar linkage? No one really knows.
The need of the hour is to expand distribution under the PDS. Failing that, the country is heading towards another round of wasteful stock accumulation even as poor people struggle to feed their families.
Jean Dreze writes: Surjit Bhalla picks on data, but fails to debunk evidence of alarming trends in child nutrition.
If India’s overwhelming goal is to become a $5 trillion economy within a few years, there is no reason to pay attention to children. But if it is development in the full sense of the term, then child development is paramount.
The cash crunch is hindering the state governments’ relief efforts at every step. Centre must urgently provide additional foodgrain to poorest states for expanding PDS coverage.
Jean Dreze writes: Releasing food is all the more crucial as the emergency cash transfers proposed by the finance minister are likely to have severe limitations.
There is little to show by way of Aadhaar benefits for the poor. And the costs are staring at us.
NREGA is a demand-driven programme and if the demand vanishes because wages are low and uncertain, nothing will be able to save it.
Bill Gates’s claim that it raises no privacy concerns is misleading. Crucial issues that have to do with confidentiality of data and state surveillance are at stake.
We have been numbed by a series of lies, myths and fictions about the project.
We know the Kashmir crisis. Or do we?
Pranab Bardhan’s collection of essays applies plain-dealing economics to a range of issues in policy and politics
The view of MGNREGA as a makeshift work programme is far off the mark.
Sold as a voluntary facility, Aadhaar is turning coercive — despite judicial intervention.