We have heard time and again the agenda of the present government being to promote "inclusive growth". One of the major debates in this area is how to increase access to public services, subsidies, essential commodities etc to the poor. Obviously, this can be done only when the poor are counted properly. Today's post … Continue reading Counting India’s poor
This post tries to pen down my recent pre-occupation with the concept of the 'welfare state' as we understand in India. The dominant story of our democracy through the last 60 years has been of bringing the majority of our population out of poverty, and providing them a social security net. Even the economic reforms … Continue reading What is a true welfare state?
Today I had the opportunity of listening to Nandan Nilekani talk about the Unique Identification (UID) project. He also referred us to the UIDAI website which has an approach paper to creating the UID database. The points he mentioned are the same as those contained in the approach paper, and I am summarising them below … Continue reading A Unique Identity