Grievance redress mechanisms in welfare programs: A milestone yet to be achieved
This blog identifies the challenges in grievance resolution for Direct Benefit Transfer programs in India. It suggests ways to reform the existing Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) to ensure maximum inclusion of eligible beneficiaries in these programs.
National study on Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana
MSC conducted a national-level study on the PM Kisan program, India’s flagship cash assistance initiative for landholding farmers. The study intended to assess the cash transfer system’s efficacy and efficiency and capture the experience of the beneficiaries in how they received and used the benefit. We covered more than 13,000 beneficiaries across 20 states.
Short Summary: This video summarizes India’s reforms to digitize and transform the cooking gas subsidy from an in-kind to a cash transfer program. It shows why low-income households could not adopt LPG adequately and offers solutions to increase the use of LPG in the country.
Optimizing groundwater usage through DBT in electricity: Lessons from Punjab-Part II
To check overexploitation of groundwater in Punjab, the state government launched an innovative pilot for Direct Benefit Transfer in Electricity (DBTE), “Paani Bachao, Paise Kamao” (Save water, earn money). This note highlights the on-ground challenges in the implementation of the pilot and the way forward.
Optimizing groundwater usage through DBT in electricity: Lessons from Punjab-Part I
This note discusses how free power to the agriculture sector has led to the overexploitation of groundwater in India. It highlights the case of Punjab, where the government launched Paani Bachao, Paise Kamao (Save water, earn money), an innovative pilot program for Direct Benefit Transfer in Electricity (DBTE), to address the rapidly declining water tables in the state.
India: Impact of COVID-19 on Business Correspondents
This report highlights the impact of COVID-19 on business correspondent (BC) agents in India and the issues they faced while delivering financial services in the wake of the pandemic. It also offers policy recommendations to help BCs offer uninterrupted services.