Publication
Author:Biraj Patnaik
Subject: Social Protection and CCTs
" /> Abstract: The recently announced Direct Benefit Transfers (DBT) programme of the Government of India is being hailed as a ‘game changer’. Many in the media and social commentators have been quick to compare it with the Brazilian Bolsa Familia. Unfortunately both the critics of cash transfers as well as the supporters seem to have got it wrong. The DBT programme merely provides for the efficient transfer of money from existing cash transfers (mostly social pensions and scholarships for students) directly to the recipients’ bank accounts, leveraging information technology and the newly launched biometric platform (the Unique Identification/Aadhar Number) and combining it with an innovative banking solution using business correspondents. (…)

keywords: India’s Direct Benefit Transfer and Public Distribution System: Can They Work Together?
Date Publication: 05/01/2013 (All day)
Type/Issue: One Pager / 199
Language: English