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Monsoon session: Govt supporting 8 Covid-19 vaccine candidates, minister tells LS

The Department for Biotechnology is supporting the eight vaccine candidates at a cost of Rs 75 crore, 17 proposals for diagnostic devices at a cost of Rs 10 crore and 13 possible therapeutic interventions at a cost of Rs 9.6 crore
Parliamentarians in the Lok Sabha after it adjourned sine die at Parliament House on Wednesday.(PTI)
Parliamentarians in the Lok Sabha after it adjourned sine die at Parliament House on Wednesday.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 24, 2020 10:16 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anonna Dutt

How to secure India against Covid-19

A national mission, with public and private sector participation, focused on vaccinating all Indians can set a global benchmark
A research scientist works inside a laboratory of India's Serum Institute, the world's largest maker of vaccines, which is working on vaccines against the coronavirus disease, Pune, May 18, 2020(REUTERS)
A research scientist works inside a laboratory of India's Serum Institute, the world's largest maker of vaccines, which is working on vaccines against the coronavirus disease, Pune, May 18, 2020(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 31, 2020 11:58 PM IST
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By Nandan Nilekani

The NDA’s false parenthood claim, writes Abhishek Manu Singhvi

The BJP dismissed MGNREGS. If it wants to claim it, it should expand its scope and pay dues
The UPA government conceptualised MGNREGS, Aadhaar, and DBT(ARVIND YADAV/HT)
The UPA government conceptualised MGNREGS, Aadhaar, and DBT(ARVIND YADAV/HT)
Updated on Jun 14, 2020 10:39 PM IST
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By Abhishek Manu Singhvi

Centre transfers Rs 36,659 crore to 16 crore needy during Covid-19 lockdown

The direct benefit transfer (DBT) ensures cash benefit directly credited into the account of the beneficiary, eliminates leakage and improves efficiency. The bank transfer was undertaken through the Public Financial Management System (PFMS) by the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) office, an arm of the finance ministry.
During the Covid-19 outbreak, several state governments such as Uttar Pradesh (UP), Bihar, Madhya Pradesh (MP), Tripura, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Andhra Pradesh (AP) used DBT to transfer cash in the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.(YOGENDRA KUMAR/HT PHOTO.)
During the Covid-19 outbreak, several state governments such as Uttar Pradesh (UP), Bihar, Madhya Pradesh (MP), Tripura, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Andhra Pradesh (AP) used DBT to transfer cash in the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.(YOGENDRA KUMAR/HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Apr 19, 2020 06:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rajeev Jayaswal

How DBT helps the poor during emergencies

There was a time when we struggled to distribute cash during emergencies even in a single city. Thanks to direct benefit transfer, we now have the capability to transfer cash to almost the entire country in no time
More than 121 crore people have Aadhaar card and over 33 crore have Jan Dhan, the basic savings accounts in banks. Under PAHAL (Pratyaksh Hastantarit Labh), the world’s largest DBT scheme, about 25 crore LPG customers receive subsidy in their bank accounts.(AFP)
More than 121 crore people have Aadhaar card and over 33 crore have Jan Dhan, the basic savings accounts in banks. Under PAHAL (Pratyaksh Hastantarit Labh), the world’s largest DBT scheme, about 25 crore LPG customers receive subsidy in their bank accounts.(AFP)
Updated on Apr 10, 2020 04:54 PM IST
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By Nidhi Prabha Tewari

Dearness allowance increased in early Diwali gift for government employees

The current rate of DA is 12% and it will now become 17%. The DA is usually raised to help employees cope with inflation.
The increase will benefit 4.993 million central government employees and 6.526 million pensioners, Javadekar said.(HT image)
The increase will benefit 4.993 million central government employees and 6.526 million pensioners, Javadekar said.(HT image)
Updated on Oct 10, 2019 12:51 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Bihar announces Rs 360 crore relief for 6 lakh families

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar announced gratuitous relief of Rs 6,000 per family in the state assembly on Tuesday. With 12 of the state’s 38 districts flooded, and over 2.6 million people affected, the relief will be disbursed through direct benefit transfer (DBT) starting July 19.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar assessing an aerial survey of flood-affected areas in north Bihar on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar assessing an aerial survey of flood-affected areas in north Bihar on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)
Published on Jul 16, 2019 11:57 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | By HT Correspondent

Digital infra, Aadhaar, cellphones can expand outreach of schemes

As the government shifted gears in welfare measures and flagship programmes such as MGNREGS, Ujjwala (free cooking gas connections) and the PM Awas Yojna (housing scheme), it relied heavily on technology to identify real beneficiaries and curb leakages.
The Survey added: “Second, verifying the identity of genuine beneficiaries and transferring wages directly into their bank accounts posed problems.”(HT Photo)
The Survey added: “Second, verifying the identity of genuine beneficiaries and transferring wages directly into their bank accounts posed problems.”(HT Photo)
Updated on May 28, 2020 11:08 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji

India’s mega digital infrastructure can boost social scheme outreach

The Survey said that India’s mega digital infrastructure, linking the Aadhaar unique identity number, bank accounts and mobile phones, can “expand the reach of the programmes through provision of micro-insurance, micropensions and micro-credit to people in every corner of the country”.
Updated on Jul 05, 2019 08:00 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji

Babarpur’s first tryst with mechanical waste cleaning, L-G assures citizens of lasting solution

Locals in the area, so far, had only seen their complaints about stinking open drains being resolved “occasionally” with the help of earth movers and manual cleaners.
The project was launched on Sunday morning in the presence of Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal.(HT Photo)
The project was launched on Sunday morning in the presence of Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2019 05:13 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sweta Goswami

Modi deserves a second term based on his economic record

Formalisation, financialisation and digitisation engineered by the Modi government have set up India for higher sustainable growth and a fiscal boom
Narendra Modi’s demonetisation ranks among the most polarising policy decisions made by any government anywhere in the world(PTI)
Narendra Modi’s demonetisation ranks among the most polarising policy decisions made by any government anywhere in the world(PTI)
Updated on Apr 18, 2019 08:00 PM IST
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By Rajeev Mantri

Go for an“inclusive growth dividend” in India

We propose a more modest beginning towards using income transfers to mitigating extreme poverty in India. Specifically, we propose an “Inclusive Growth Dividend” (IGD) pegged at 1% of GDP/capita
A PDS ration shop in Ranchi. Several leading economists have suggested that India should adopt a Universal Basic Income as its main anti-poverty strategy, replacing existing welfare schemes with direct income transfers into bank accounts of beneficiaries(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
A PDS ration shop in Ranchi. Several leading economists have suggested that India should adopt a Universal Basic Income as its main anti-poverty strategy, replacing existing welfare schemes with direct income transfers into bank accounts of beneficiaries(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 06, 2018 06:00 PM IST
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By Karthik Muralidharan, Paul Niehaus and Sandip Sukhtankar

We need a choice-based approach in the Public Distribution System

The choice-based approach reflects the reality that people in different places and times want different things, and improves beneficiary welfare by expanding their options. It also reduces the political and ethical risks of the reform
The availability of DBT may even help improve the existing PDS, as it will have to deliver value for people to continue to choose it over DBT. The economic viability of PDS dealers can be improved by allowing them to stock other products too, so that PDS is not their only source of revenue.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
The availability of DBT may even help improve the existing PDS, as it will have to deliver value for people to continue to choose it over DBT. The economic viability of PDS dealers can be improved by allowing them to stock other products too, so that PDS is not their only source of revenue.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 03, 2018 07:24 PM IST
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By Karthik Muralidharan, Paul Niehaus and Sandip Sukhtankar

Activists slam move to transfer money instead of grains to poor

Dilip Shinde, controller of rationing and director of civil supplies, said the scheme has been launched on a trial-basis for 200 families from Mahalakshmi and Azad Maidan.
Activists and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have criticised the state’s decision to replace distribution of food grains to the underprivileged through public distribution system (PDS) with direct benefit transfer (DBT) of subsidy (in cash) into their accounts.(REUTERS)
Activists and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have criticised the state’s decision to replace distribution of food grains to the underprivileged through public distribution system (PDS) with direct benefit transfer (DBT) of subsidy (in cash) into their accounts.(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 28, 2018 07:06 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai

Jharkhand government not happy with direct transfer of food subsidy

State food minister Saryu Roy said the state’s recommendation for cancelling the pilot project for direct transfer of food subsidy will be forwarded to the Centre this week.
Chief minister Raghubar Das giving a cheque to a beneficiary during the inaugural function of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme under food security at Nagri in Ranchi on October 4,2017.(HT File Photo)
Chief minister Raghubar Das giving a cheque to a beneficiary during the inaugural function of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme under food security at Nagri in Ranchi on October 4,2017.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 21, 2018 11:04 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Sanjoy Dey

High court pulls up state government over scholarship money in Sinhgad Institutes case

Until, the process is streamlined and the loopholes are filled, the court directed the social welfare department not to deposit any scholarship money into the students’ accounts under the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme.
The Bombay high court criticised the state government’s social welfare department for jeopardising the careers of young students on Monday. Photo used for representational purpose only.(HT PHOTO)
The Bombay high court criticised the state government’s social welfare department for jeopardising the careers of young students on Monday. Photo used for representational purpose only.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 19, 2018 06:06 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | By Ananya Barua
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