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Creating an inclusive welfare architecture

Cover all of India’s poor; and merge welfare programmes under one umbrella scheme
The MGNREGS and PDS proved to be lifelines as central and state governments were able to mobilise the administrative machinery and expand the welfare net, at relative speed(Shutterstock)
The MGNREGS and PDS proved to be lifelines as central and state governments were able to mobilise the administrative machinery and expand the welfare net, at relative speed(Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 18, 2020 08:26 PM IST
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ByYamini Aiyar

Jagan Reddy’s scheme for women allows cash transfer, promotes self-reliance

Under the YSR Cheyutha scheme about 23 lakh women belonging to SC, ST, OBC and Minority communities in the age group of 45-60 years will get a direct cash transfer of Rs 18,750 per year aggregating to Rs 75,000 in four years.
The government would also facilitate securing loans from banks for business activities of women. (Photo @AndhraPradeshCM)
The government would also facilitate securing loans from banks for business activities of women. (Photo @AndhraPradeshCM)
Updated on Aug 12, 2020 09:34 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | BySrinivasa Rao Apparasu

Cash transfers: There is a way out

The Centre’s defence about lack of data on migrants is weak. It is possible to identify them
Limited bureaucratic imagination has legitimised the State’s refusal to find solutions to help the vulnerable(Sunil Ghosh/HTPhoto)
Limited bureaucratic imagination has legitimised the State’s refusal to find solutions to help the vulnerable(Sunil Ghosh/HTPhoto)
Updated on May 25, 2020 06:10 PM IST
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ByYamini Aiyar

India likely to cap stimulus package at $60 billion to protect credit rating: Report

On Tuesday, Fitch warned India’s sovereign rating could come under pressure if its fiscal outlook deteriorates further as the government tries to steer the country through the coronavirus crisis.
The stimulus plans yet to be outlined are likely to be aimed at helping people who have lost their jobs, as well as both small and large companies, via tax holidays and other measures, said both officials.(Bloomberg Photo)
The stimulus plans yet to be outlined are likely to be aimed at helping people who have lost their jobs, as well as both small and large companies, via tax holidays and other measures, said both officials.(Bloomberg Photo)
Published on May 02, 2020 01:04 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByReuters

Covid-19: What you need to know today

Coronavirus update: Day 2 of the 21-day lockdown India has enforced was smoother than Day 1, with people figuring out that most essential products and services will be available, governments doing their bit to address concerns and iron out kinks, and local police departments starting to believe that not everyone who is out on the streets is a rule-breaker.
A view of a vegetable market at Delhi’s CR Park Market No 2 on the second day of national lockdown imposed by PM Narendra Modi to curb the spread of coronavirus,(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
A view of a vegetable market at Delhi’s CR Park Market No 2 on the second day of national lockdown imposed by PM Narendra Modi to curb the spread of coronavirus,(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 27, 2020 07:22 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByR Sukumar

India needs a major stimulus | HT editorial

The cash transfers announced for the poor are welcome; now the government has to shore up business and the economy
The finance minister sidestepped questions on a package for industry, including specific questions on sectors such as tourism and aviation that are hurting badly due to the coronavirus pandemic(PTI)
The finance minister sidestepped questions on a package for industry, including specific questions on sectors such as tourism and aviation that are hurting badly due to the coronavirus pandemic(PTI)
Updated on Mar 27, 2020 11:25 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

‘Don’t want anyone to remain hungry’: Sitharaman announces Covid-19 relief package

The Finance Minister also expressed gratitude for doctors and nurses who are dealing with Covid-19 patients.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a comprehensive relief package for the vulnerable section of the country affected by Covid-19 lockdown.(ANI Photo)
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a comprehensive relief package for the vulnerable section of the country affected by Covid-19 lockdown.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Mar 26, 2020 05:52 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Andhra govt launches another populist scheme, to pay students for hostel charges

Launching the scheme at Vizianagaram, the chief minister said the Jagananna Vasathi Deevena was part of education reforms to help poor students who could not afford to pay their hostel and mess charges.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday launched the Jagananna Vasathi Deevena, aimed at extending financial assistance to students belonging to downtrodden sections.(HT PHOTO.)
Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday launched the Jagananna Vasathi Deevena, aimed at extending financial assistance to students belonging to downtrodden sections.(HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Feb 24, 2020 10:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | BySrinivasa Rao Apparasu

Rain deficit bleeds Bundelkhand dry

Water scarcity in Bundelkhand has rendered farmlands useless and vast swathes of land have wild outgrowths instead of crops.
People carry water from the Ken river on bullock carts to their homes in Backcha Gadar village.(Haider Naqvi)
People carry water from the Ken river on bullock carts to their homes in Backcha Gadar village.(Haider Naqvi)
Updated on Jul 11, 2019 07:28 AM IST
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Maudaha, Hamirpur | ByHaider Naqvi

NYAY is an important first step toward social justice

Better health and education facilities, and expansion of old age pension and insurance must follow to improve the socio-economic status of the people .
A major plank of Congress manifesto for the 2019 general elections is the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY), which promises <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>6,000 per month to the poorest 20% of the households, a scheme that has evoked mixed reactions.(PTI)
A major plank of Congress manifesto for the 2019 general elections is the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY), which promises 6,000 per month to the poorest 20% of the households, a scheme that has evoked mixed reactions.(PTI)
Published on May 10, 2019 07:39 AM IST
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ByVani S. Kulkarni and Raghav Gaiha

Cash transfer promises: Recipe for a fiscal disaster

Not only is the country’s tax base small, it is also difficult to raise tax rates too much without reducing compliance
The notion of rich is relative. 99.7% of households in India earn less than Rs 1 lakh per month(Sattish Bate/Hindustan Times)
The notion of rich is relative. 99.7% of households in India earn less than Rs 1 lakh per month(Sattish Bate/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 27, 2019 10:31 AM IST
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ByIla Patnaik

The Congress’s NYAY plan is just a palliative

Transfer payments need to be accompanied by a reform programme for increasing investments, growth and jobs
The rational response to a cash transfer scheme for families below <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>72,000 will be for all families near that level or somewhat above it to report that their incomes are lower than they actually are(ANI)
The rational response to a cash transfer scheme for families below 72,000 will be for all families near that level or somewhat above it to report that their incomes are lower than they actually are(ANI)
Updated on Apr 06, 2019 11:03 AM IST
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ByIla Patnaik

Cash transfers are here to stay; it is time to focus on their design

There is a latent demand for such schemes as the GDP growth has failed to generate gainful employment
Beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi. The scheme, backed by hefty budgetary allocation, envisages an annual transfer of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>6000 to all the small farmers with land holding less than two hectares(Hindustan Times)
Beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi. The scheme, backed by hefty budgetary allocation, envisages an annual transfer of 6000 to all the small farmers with land holding less than two hectares(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 12, 2019 10:16 AM IST
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ByAvinash M Tripathi

Madhya Pradesh to skip launch of PM-Kisan

PM-Kisan will offer Rs 6,000 as an annual cash transfer to small and marginal farmers in three instalments of Rs 2,000.
Madhya Pradesh will be able to complete only one-third of the total farmers’ data by the first week of March, says a state government official.(HT File Photo)
Madhya Pradesh will be able to complete only one-third of the total farmers’ data by the first week of March, says a state government official.(HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 23, 2019 11:31 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByZia Haq

PM Narendra Modi to launch PM-KISAN in Gorakhpur on February 24

The cash-transfer scheme for small and marginal farmers ahead of a general elections, India’s first, is a major populist step by the Modi government to offset a challenging spell of rural crisis brought on by unprofitable sales of farm commodities.
PM Narendra Modi to launch PM-KISAN in Gorakhpur on February 24.(PTI)
PM Narendra Modi to launch PM-KISAN in Gorakhpur on February 24.(PTI)
Published on Feb 22, 2019 02:19 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByZia Haq

States face deadline hurdle on farmer income scheme implementation

The scheme hinges on correct identification of beneficiaries through land titles. States will find it tough to complete identification of beneficiaries by February 20.
States are grappling with hurdles in meeting deadlines and norms set for PM-KISAN, the Narendra Modi government’s cash-transfer scheme scheduled to be implemented by April.(ANI)
States are grappling with hurdles in meeting deadlines and norms set for PM-KISAN, the Narendra Modi government’s cash-transfer scheme scheduled to be implemented by April.(ANI)
Updated on Feb 19, 2019 08:30 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByZia Haq

An income redistribution plan will not end poverty

A more responsive public support system for education, nutrition, health and agriculture can be transformative
Under the BJP’s Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme, farmers (who have below two hectares of land) will receive <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>6,000 per year. But this amount is insufficient even to buy basic farm inputs. In fact, the Telangana and Odisha governments have initiated far more comprehensive income support plans for farmers.(Hindustan Times)
Under the BJP’s Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme, farmers (who have below two hectares of land) will receive 6,000 per year. But this amount is insufficient even to buy basic farm inputs. In fact, the Telangana and Odisha governments have initiated far more comprehensive income support plans for farmers.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 12, 2019 11:15 AM IST
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ByManish K Jha and Sohini Sengupta

Cash scheme for farmers with land as on Feb 1: Govt

There is no legal definition of who is a farmer in the country. As per the 2011 national census, 68.8% of the population lives in the countryside and many earn a living by taking farming lands on rent or working as farm labourers.
A works in a paddy field on the outskirts of Gauhati on February 1.(AP Photo)
A works in a paddy field on the outskirts of Gauhati on February 1.(AP Photo)
Updated on Feb 04, 2019 11:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByZia Haq

Opinion | Interim budget gets farm tilt right

The two main announcements which will have a good effect on farmers are: interest rate subvention for farmers, which have been increased from 2% to 5% provided loans are serviced on time; and the cash transfer of Rs 6,000 per annum for marginal farmers.
The two main announcements which will have a good effect on farmers are: interest rate subvention for farmers, which have been increased from 2% to 5% provided loans are serviced on time; and the cash transfer of Rs 6,000 per annum for marginal farmers.(AP)
The two main announcements which will have a good effect on farmers are: interest rate subvention for farmers, which have been increased from 2% to 5% provided loans are serviced on time; and the cash transfer of Rs 6,000 per annum for marginal farmers.(AP)
Updated on Feb 02, 2019 09:46 AM IST
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ByMadan Sabnavis

Rising uncertainties ahead of Lok Sabha polls keep investors wary of buying bonds

On Friday, the government will unveil an interim budget that is expected to be full of goodies for rural and urban middle class voters. Direct cash transfers to farmers, interest-free loans and income tax cuts might help the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s chances in a general election that must be held by May.
The BJP’s defeat in state polls last month, and recent opinion polls that show it could be forced to form a coalition with partners who could make it harder to press forward with economic reforms and revert to fiscal prudence(PTI / Representative Image)
The BJP’s defeat in state polls last month, and recent opinion polls that show it could be forced to form a coalition with partners who could make it harder to press forward with economic reforms and revert to fiscal prudence(PTI / Representative Image)
Updated on Jan 30, 2019 05:29 PM IST
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Mumbai | ByReuters

Rahul Gandhi’s income plan falls short

That the Congress is promising paltry cash transfers instead of promising radical improvements in what are structural challenges shows that it is continuing with the long-established short-termism in Indian politics
The Congress has promised a minimum income guarantee (MIG) – direct cash transfers to the poor – if it comes to power after the 2019 elections(ANI)
The Congress has promised a minimum income guarantee (MIG) – direct cash transfers to the poor – if it comes to power after the 2019 elections(ANI)
Published on Jan 30, 2019 09:09 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

Govt decision to introduce conditional cash transfers in place of ration hits roadblock

Citing the adverse feedback from beneficiaries in the state to the cash-transfer scheme, the Union women and child development ministry has decided to seek PMO’s views on whether the ministry should go ahead with the pilot.
Jharkhand had started cash transfers in place of subsidised grains on a pilot basis in October.(Bloomberg)
Jharkhand had started cash transfers in place of subsidised grains on a pilot basis in October.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Jul 09, 2018 12:00 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByMoushumi Das Gupta

Ending preventable maternal deaths requires a collective effort

Bringing change in a large and diverse country such as India has not been easy. But India’s progress has been much higher than the global average, with the country registering a 77% decline in MMR from 1990 to 2015 compared to 44% worldwide.
Maternal mortality rate in India is consistently going down. At this rate, India will achieve its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) target by 2022, eight years ahead of the deadline(HT)
Maternal mortality rate in India is consistently going down. At this rate, India will achieve its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) target by 2022, eight years ahead of the deadline(HT)
Updated on Jun 28, 2018 05:40 PM IST
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