Ritesh Rautela

Specialist/Consultant

Ritesh is a Senior Manager in Digital Financial Services domain of MSC India, focused in Government and Social Impact (GSI) domain.

Ritesh is a Senior Manager in Digital Financial Services domain of MSC India, focussed in - Government and Social Impact (GSI) domain. He has over nine years of experience in fields of consulting, G2P programmes and payment systems, banking, branchless banking, digital financial services, social protection, financial inclusion and financial literacy. The current focus of his work is in the area of Government to Person (G2P) programmes. He specialises in financial inclusion/ branchless banking operations, G2P programmes, payment systems, cash transfers (conditional and unconditional), direct benefit transfer schemes, branchless banking, programme evaluation and assessment, relationship management, process re-engineering, financial literacy, training, qualitative and quantitative research, and behavioural research

Posts by Ritesh Rautela

The case of micronutrient usage in Indian agriculture

This publication discusses the importance of soil nutrients, particularly micronutrients, and the factors that affect their availability in Indian soils. It also explores the reasons for the low use of micronutrients and provides recommendations to optimize their use to increase yields.

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.

Direct Benefit Transfer in Fertilizer: Fourth round of concurrent evaluation—A nationally representative study

NITI Aayog engaged MSC in a nationally representative study on DBT in fertilizer. This report provides details of the on-the-ground realities of DBT-F implementation and makes actionable recommendations to improve the DBT-F system further.

Experimenting with cash transfers in food subsidies – Lessons from the pilot in Nagri

This case study discusses a unique experiment of distributing food subsidy in the Nagri block of Ranchi district. The document discusses the learnings and insights from the pilot that governments can use to inform future experimentation in food subsidy delivery.

DBT in Fertilizer: 4th Round of Concurrent Evaluation – A National Study

MSC has been engaged in a nationally representative study on DBT in fertilizer in India, based on a request from NITI Aayog. It identified issues and challenges around the implementation of DBT at the national level.

Enablers For Direct Benefit Transfers Of Fertiliser Subsidy

Over the past few years, there was a continuous effort by the government to streamline the in-kind distribution of fertiliser. Targeting fertiliser subsidies directly to farmers would be a herculean task, but can be attempted by combining several initiatives that the central government and some state governments have undertaken over the past years. This note discusses potential solutions to improve in-kind transfers and suggests few ideas for cash transfer pilots for fertiliser subsidy.

Barriers to Direct Benefit Transfers for Fertiliser Subsidy

The Indian government initiated DBT in fertiliser to plug leakages and bring transparency in the system. Direct Benefit Transfer in Fertiliser (DBT-F) in its current form is a modified subsidy payment system, where the government pays subsidy to fertiliser companies only after fertiliser retailers have sold fertiliser to farmers or buyers. The subsidy isn’t directly credited to farmers in their bank accounts owing to certain challenges. This note highlights the major barriers to distributing fertiliser subsidy through cash transfers and in-kind transfers.

Lessons from the Digitisation of Government to Person (G2P) Programmes in India

The blog highlights lessons from the digitisation of government to person (G2P) programmes in India