Respect for Verdict 2009 obligates comprehensive rural governance reform. Complex outcomes demand participatory processes and imaginative solutions.
|Publisher:||The Hindu | May 28, 2009|
The concepts of multiplier and accelerator borrowed from macroeconomic theory illuminate the enormous potential of NREGA and help set standards that it must be judged by.
|Publisher:||The Hindu | April 30, 2009|
Continuing the debate on direct cash transfers, the authors of the article “The Case for Direct Cash Transfers to the Poor” (12 April 2008) respond to Mihir Shah’s criticism (23 August 2008). The six points of contestation by Mihir Shah – including those on the public distribution system and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme – are refuted. The argument in essence is that seeing the problems with anti-poverty programmes as faulty design and limited availability of resources does not recognise the culture of immunity in public administration and the weak capabilities of local governments.
|Author:||Devesh Kapur, Partha Mukhopadhyay, Arvind Subramanian|
|Publisher:||Economic and Political Weekly | November 22, 2008|
Anti-poverty programmes will work only if they lead to sustainable livelihoods and end dependence on oles. This requires stronger people’s institutions, appropriate technology, skill development, leveraging markets and adequate public investment.
|Publisher:||The Hindu | September 20, 2008|
The success of NREGA social audits in Andhra Pradesh covering 12 million people is a brilliant example of civil society action enriching mainstream politics.
|Author:||Mihir Shah & Pramathesh Ambasta|
|Publisher:||The Hindu | 8 September 2008|
The reduction of poverty in India requires much more than solutions such as direct cash transfers.
|Publisher:||Economic and Political Weekly|
The brutal murder of young Jharkhand activist Lalit Mehta exposes the violent opposition of vested interests deeply threatened by the radical provisions of NREGA.
|Publisher:||The Hindu | May 22, 2008|