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DEBRAJ BHATTACHARYA

JULY 8 2015

 

Desilting of Supply Channel, Chokalingaputhur Panchayat, Sivaganga District
Desilting of Supply Channel, Chokalingaputhur Panchayat, Sivaganga District / Picture from http://www.tnrd.gov.in

Indeed a much better strategy will be to transfer funds worth Rs 10,000 per year to job card holder for a period of 5 years and help them to get out of the grip of poverty by providing them seeds and other inputs, linking banks with Self Help Groups, etc. The amount of time that is spent to implement MGNREGS is simply not worth the end results. It will be much better to go for direct cash transfer to needy families. This will reduce corruption as well. At least one can do a pilot project in a few districts to see what happens.

As far as asset creation is concerned, it will be best to allow Gram Panchayats to use 14th Finance Commission funds to create whatever assets they want to without giving them…continue reading

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