Anurodh Giri

Anurodh is a Senior Manager in the Digital Financial Services—Government and Social Impact (GSI) domain of MSC.

Anurodh is a financial consultant with over 10 years of experience gained through projects with central and state governments, MFIs, Bank, FMCG, and donors in the development sector in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia, Srilanka, Uganda, Kenya, and the Philippines. He has implemented projects in strategy and business planning, project management, product development, market research, risk management and internal controls, and digital financial services.  

Posts by Anurodh Giri

Beyond the barriers of affordability: An analysis of India’s cooking fuel support program under the COVID-19 assistance package

India responded to the COVID-19 crisis by announcing several relief measures under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY). As part of PMGKY, 80 million poor women enrolled under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), received cash transfers in their bank accounts to purchase liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). This paper assess the program’s efficacy and the experience of beneficiaries in receiving advance transfers into their bank accounts and purchasing LPG refills during and after the lockdown.

Social assistance and information in the initial phase of the pandemic: Lessons from a household survey in India

India’s early response to the COVID-19 pandemic included several measures, including a nationwide lockdown, an information campaign, and the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY)—a major social protection package. This paper explores the implementation of PMGKY based on a household survey conducted 4-6 weeks after its launch. The study also highlights the critical need to increase the spread of smartphones across the population.

Beyond the barriers of affordability: An analysis of India’s cooking fuel support program under the COVID-19 assistance package

As part of the relief measures announced by the Indian government to combat the COVID-19 crisis, 80 million poor women received cash transfers to purchase liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). This paper analyzes the program’s performance and the experience of beneficiaries while purchasing LPG refills from the money disbursed during and after the lockdown.

How India can transform its fertilizer subsidy program

India, with its millions of farmers who provide food security for the country’s vast population, is primed to reform its fertilizer subsidy program. This blog lists the challenges of subsidizing fertilizer use in India and provides solutions to connect subsidies directly to farmers.

Direct Cash Transfers in fertilizer: Modalities for cash delivery

This publication discusses two alternative models to Direct Cash Transfer (DCT) of fertilizer subsidy in India. It further looks at the potential issues that beneficiary farmers could face under each of the proposed models.

Reforms in fertilizer subsidy in India: The way forward

This publication discusses the initiatives of the Government of India to increase transparency in the fertilizer distribution system. It also highlights some challenges that persist in the implementation of direct cash transfers in fertilizer and a three-step approach to resolve these challenges.

India’s LPG cooking gas subsidy reform: Lessons for policymakers in reducing costs and building acceptance for reform

This policy brief summarizes the reforms India introduced to streamline, digitize, and transform cooking gas subsidy from an in-kind to a cash transfer program.

What it takes to feed two-thirds of India’s population

This blog highlights the complexity of the public distribution system and discusses the major operational challenges faced with respect to the back end supply chain for in-kind benefits. It also highlights the digitization efforts so far, reasons for gaps in implementation and what the focus should be for a choice-based model, which we believe is the future of food subsidy delivery.