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.
MSC covered a sample of 13,000 beneficiary farmers across 20 states and union territories to study the PM Kisan program, which works to aid the country’s farmers through annual income support of 75 USD.
PM-Kisan’s contribution to the income and expenses of farmers
MSC undertook a pan-India study on PM Kisan that covered a sample of 13,000 beneficiaries across 20 states and union territories. The program provides income support of 75 USD annually in three equal installments to landholding farmers.
Potential impact of PM Kisan on the agricultural outcomes
MSC conducted a national-level study on PM Kisan, an income support program for landholding farmers of the country. The study covered more than 13,000 beneficiaries across 20 states and union territories.
Low awareness of fertilizer subsidy: A challenge to subsidy reforms
The government has been considering a policy shift to transfer the fertilizer subsidy amount to the bank accounts of farmers rather than fertilizer companies. In our pan-India study with farmers we found that only one-third of the farmers knew that they purchase fertilizers at a subsidized rate. With such low awareness levels, this policy shift may evoke shock and displeasure since this would require farmers to first purchase fertilizers at the market price.