Abhishek Jain

Abhishek is an Assistant Manager in the Digital Financial Services – Government and Social Impact domain of MSC India. He is a development consultant with over one year of experience gained through monitoring and evaluation of various projects with the Government of India. His work involves improving public policy choices through evidence-based research work, and a human-centered approach. He is an International Development graduate and has prior one-year experience of assisting Members of Parliament on legislative research work. His areas of expertise include rural development, economic and financial inclusion, policy analysis, and DFS-G2P."

Posts by Abhishek Jain

MGNREGA: The delay in wage payments – Part II

Delayed wage payments and rejected transactions continue to plague the system and compromise the goals of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. The second in a two-part series, this blog examines the causes of such delays and ways to alleviate process inefficiencies in the future.

MGNREGA: The delay in wage payments – Part I

The Government of India (GoI) had introduced the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in 2005 to provide livelihood security to the rural poor. This blog examines the MGNREGA program and its accomplishments. It also provides an overview of the delay in wage payments to workers.

Addressing the weak link in COVID-19 relief: how improving strategic communications can boost the impact of social protection programs

Nations worldwide have responded to COVID-19 through 1,100 social protection programs to help 1.8 billion-plus people. Yet recipients are largely in the dark about the programs and do not know how to access funds. This blog examines the importance of better communication around social protection programs, particularly for the vulnerable population.

One Nation One Ration Card – The Road Ahead

The blog highlights the road ahead for the Indian government’s new program—One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC). The objective of the program is to build upon the digitization of the Public Distribution System (PDS) with a focus on beneficiary-centric reforms.

The Public Distribution System and Food Fortification: A missed opportunity?

The blog examines the role of food fortification as a measure against the prevalence of malnutrition in India. Further, it highlights the potential of providing fortified food grains through the Public Distribution System to provide micro nutrients to over 800 million beneficiaries.