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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Jean Drèze

The writer, a former member of the UPA’s National Advisory Council, is visiting professor at the department of economics, Ranchi University

Free shots for all: This must be India’s vaccination strategy
Wed, May 05, 2021

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.

There is an urgent need for safeguards against unfair discontinuation of social benefits
Tue, Apr 20, 2021

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.

Imbalances in India’s cereal economy need more than a short-term fix
Sat, Jan 23, 2021

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.

If improvement is norm, it is important to be alert to patterns of stagnation in child nutrition indicators
Sat, Jan 02, 2021

Jean Dreze writes: Surjit Bhalla picks on data, but fails to debunk evidence of alarming trends in child nutrition.

New evidence on child nutrition calls for radical expansion of child development services
Thu, Dec 17, 2020

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.

Averting hunger during monsoon calls for bold food security measures
Tue, Jun 09, 2020

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.

Excess stocks of the Food Corporation of India must be released to the poor
Thu, Apr 09, 2020

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.

Ill fares Aadhaar
Tue, Oct 02, 2018

There is little to show by way of Aadhaar benefits for the poor. And the costs are staring at us.

Hollowing out a promise
Fri, Jul 13, 2018

NREGA is a demand-driven programme and if the demand vanishes because wages are low and uncertain, nothing will be able to save it.

Know your Aadhaar
Tue, May 08, 2018

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.

Dissent and Aadhaar
Mon, May 08, 2017

We have been numbed by a series of lies, myths and fictions about the project.

Kashmir’s hidden uprising
Mon, Dec 05, 2016

We know the Kashmir crisis. Or do we?

Book Review: The Voice of Reason
Sat, Dec 19, 2015

Pranab Bardhan’s collection of essays applies plain-dealing economics to a range of issues in policy and politics

The digging-holes myth
Wed, Jul 01, 2015

The view of MGNREGA as a makeshift work programme is far off the mark.

Unique identity dilemma
Thu, Mar 19, 2015

Sold as a voluntary facility, Aadhaar is turning coercive — despite judicial intervention.