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.
This video summarizes our series of publications on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, an initiative of the Indian government to secure livelihoods in rural areas. It offers a comprehensive picture of the program by discussing its achievements and challenges from the demand and supply-side perspectives.